In the wake of the tragic events in Charleston, S.C., the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, in partnership with the New Baptist Covenant, National African American Clergy Network and the African Methodist Episcopal Church, encourages CBF congregations to participate in Freedom from Racism Sunday on July 5, when many houses of worship across the nation will use the day after Independence Day celebrations to talk about freedom from racism and oppression.
This is an intentional day of reflection, repentance, confession and healing around the topic of race. Time and prayer should be put into making that day what your church needs. You are encouraged to plan activities and collaborative actions, creating opportunities for dialogue and offering special prayers that coincide with and stand in solidarity with the efforts being organized by the AME Church.
To help with this planning, the New Baptist Covenant has provided resources and templates to help churches. These resources can be found at www.newbaptistcovenant.org/freedom-from-racism.
Join CBF partner churches across the Fellowship by participating in Freedom from Racism Sunday on July 5 and be in prayer for the families of those killed in Charleston. We can accomplish more together than we can alone, and doing nothing is no longer an option.