CBF’s Paynter urges response of shared grief and pain in wake of Tulsa and Charlotte tragedies


September 23, 2016

By Aaron Weaver

DECATUR, Ga. — In the wake of the recent tragedies in Tulsa, Okla., and Charlotte, N.C., and other cities across the nation, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter released the following reflection:

“There is no margin for the violence and shootings of unarmed people that are plaguing our country. African-American families and all families of color are entitled to security under the law and transparency in the course of due process. While we do not know all of the details surrounding these investigations, we know enough to feel deep grief in the face of these shootings. I hope we find ourselves responding in the grief of shared pain and the outreach that comes from genuine care and friendship.”

Cooperative Baptists joined their African-American and Hispanic Baptist sisters and brothers Sept. 14-16 in Atlanta at the New Baptist Covenant Summit to seek racial reconciliation and pursue together the great challenge to confront racial injustice in the United States.

Below are several resources from the 2016 Summit:

Answer Christ’s call to create beloved community and stand against injustice

New Baptist Covenant rallies support for racial justice during ‘Holy Conversations’

President Carter urges Baptists to combat resurgence of racism, adopt a reputation of unity

Additional resources include “Truth Talks: Conversations We Need to Have” by Rev. Jim Wallis and “The Third Reconstruction” by Rev. William J. Barber.

Wallis, a partner with CBF’s Paynter in the Circle of Protection alliance combating poverty and hunger, is hosting a live online conversation on Facebook titled “Race, Faith and 2016” at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. Learn more about how you can take part in this timely conversation here.


CBF is a Christian Network that helps people put their faith to practice through ministry eff­orts, global missions and a broad community of support. The Fellowship’s mission is to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission.

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