Today's Date: April 11, 2021
Ather Sharif Awarded The Excellence in Entrepreneurial Leadership Award In Honor of Michael Ferro   •   Winning Startups Receive $25,000 through Sunstone Innovation Challenge at CSULB   •   Pets play important role in easing children's loneliness and stress intensified by virtual schooling in lockdown   •   CGTN: From well-educated students to radicalized extremists in Xinjiang   •   The American Legion Calls POW/MIA Flag above White House "A Poignant Reminder"   •   Molina Healthcare of California Partners with San Bernardino County for COVID-19 Vaccinations   •   Who’s Getting Vaccinated in the US?   •   ‘Coming Out for Love’ LGBTQ Reality Dating Show Headed for Romance, Fun, Happy Endings This Fall   •   genEquality’s First Inclusive Safety Mural Launches at Townsend Harris High School in Flushing, Queens   •   Publix Pharmacy Now Offering COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments in North Carolina   •   Call for Programs Opens for 2021 Parliament of the World's Religions   •   Minister Schulte and Minister Hajdu announce the appointment of three new members to the National Seniors Council   •   Wolters Kluwer Podcast Sheds Light on Key Factors Impacting Effective Banking Compliance   •   Humanitarian Leaders Jamie Aten and Kent Annan launch petition to encourage Evangelicals to get vaccinated against COVID-19   •   Get Start to Train Your Own Service Dog Online with Service Dog Training School International - Certified Service Dog Training C   •   Charmin® Works to Protect, Grow and Restore Forests   •   The Drone Champions League puts female drone pilots in the global spotlight with the DCL Women's Cup   •   Barna and Gloo To Release New City-Specific Research Experience For Church Leaders   •   PG&E Contributes $500,000 to Restaurant Resilience Fund to Strengthen Businesses for the Long-Term   •   BET Remembers Hip-Hop Icon DMX With Special Linear Programming Today Starting At 6PM/5C
Bookmark and Share

Leaders Respond To MLK's 'Letter From Birmingham Jail'



WASHINGTON—Christian Churches Together in the USA (CCT) has issued a response to Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”. The Christian leaders, who gathered in Birmingham, Alabama, to examine the relationship between poverty and racism, noted that no one has ever issued a clergy response to King's famous letter. King's letter was an answer to a message from a group of clergy in Birmingham in 1963. In their “Call for Unity,” the clergy appealed for restraint and "common sense," and a withdrawal of support for the civil rights demonstrations.

In their one-page letter, the church leaders remember with gratitude the sacrifices of the leaders of the civil rights movement, who demonstrated the power of Christian, nonviolent action. They also express repentance that “some of us have not progressed far enough beyond the initial message from the Birmingham clergy.”

Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, a member of the CCT steering committee, represented the Committee on Cultural Diversity of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) at the meeting.

“During the struggles of the civil rights movement, Birmingham was one of the most segregated and violent cities in America. Today, the city of Birmingham is filled with monuments, places of worship, and home to the Civil Rights Institute,” Bishop Vasquez said. “I had the opportunity to visit these places; however, most significant to me were the stories and personal testimony given by those who suffered the injustices of racism and segregation. These individuals were filled with prophetic courage, even to the point of sacrificing their own personal safety to bring about equality and justice. Their non-violent efforts to confront racism are deeply rooted in Gospel values that all men and women, regardless of color, are created in the likeness and image of God and, therefore, worthy of respect and dignity.”

At a general meeting in 2004, the Catholic bishops voted to participate in CCT with the understanding that one of the five families of churches that make up the organization would be reserved for USCCB representatives. The other four families are composed of the historic Protestant, Orthodox, African American, and the Evangelical/Pentecostal churches, making CCT the most inclusive ecumenical forum in the country. Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, chairman of the USCCB Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, currently serves as one of the five presidents of CCT.

In addition to Archbishop Gregory and Bishop Vasquez, the 12 USCCB representatives include Bishop Tod D. Brown of Orange, California; Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Nicholas Samra of the Melkite Eparchy of Newton, Massachusetts; Father James Massa and Paulist Father Ron Roberson of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs; Alejandro Aguilera-Titus and Beverly Carroll of the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church; Maryknoll Sister Joan Delaney; Father Alexei Smith, ecumenical and interreligious officer of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles; Paulist Father John Hurley, executive director of the Department of Evangelization of the Archdiocese of Baltimore; and Sister of Mercy Ana Maria Pineda, professor in the Religious Studies Department of Santa Clara University. Archbishop Gregory and Bishop Samra were unable to attend the meeting in Birmingham due to travel disruptions caused by wintry weather in the region.

In addition, Ronaldo Cruz of Pax Christi, former executive director of the USCCB Secretariat for Hispanic Affairs, gave an address on racism from a Latino perspective.


STORY TAGS: BLACK NEWS, AFRICAN AMERICAN NEWS, MINORITY NEWS, CIVIL RIGHTS NEWS, DISCRIMINATION, RACISM, RACIAL EQUALITY, BIAS, EQUALITY, AFRO AMERICAN NEWS

Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News