Kentucky KCC speaks out on Breonna Taylor
Kentucky Council of Churches
From the Faith Leaders of the Kentucky Council of Churches
With so many others in the Commonwealth today we stand in solidarity with those feeling the frustration and outrage of yet another injustice in the case of Breonna Taylor's death at the hands of Louisville police. Assurances that the letter of the law was observed is hardly comforting when the law has been written, manipulated, and used to deny justice to persons of color in too many times and places. And once again, the opportunity to promote healing and community reconciliation has been passed over. We deplore the injuries endured by protestors and police alike, and hold in our prayers the healing of their bodies, minds, and spirits as we pray for the very soul of our nation.
For Breonna Taylor's family and for many other individuals the long delay in the investigation has already been trauma upon trauma. That the grand jury saw fit to charge no one with any crime in the unjust death of Ms. Taylor but only for the wanton endangerment of her white neighbors is a chilling testament to the inadequacies of our legal and law enforcement procedures as currently construed. Black lives matter. But in the areas of our laws and practice, not as much as white lives.
This must change. Ms. Taylor's death is but one of countless, disproportionate acts of violence suffered by persons of color. Those acts have been perpetrated and perpetuated by a system of police practices and laws rooted in systemic preservation of white-skinned power and privilege. This is idolatrous sin and direct rejection of Christ's command for neighbors to love each other as we love ourselves.
The prophet Amos reminds us that a nation without justice shall fall. Christ, even in the beatitudes which calls for comforting those who mourn, also reminds us that blessing comes to those hungering and thirsting for righteousness; and later, that which we do unto the least we have done unto Christ himself. This is the heart of God's yearning for us and the source of any ethical or moral standing we might seek with the Almighty.
In ethical and moral standing, our society has fallen far short of the mark. While some may be just now coming to awareness, others have known for generations the need for both repentance and action. Let the disappointments and disillusionment of this day demand that we work tirelessly toward the day when our justice systems, our economic systems, our educational systems, our voting systems, and all other aspects of our life together reflect the value of black and brown skinned people. We cannot stop or rest until we have become "repairers of the breach, restorer of streets to live in."
To that end we call for:
We urge all Christians to join us in prayers and action:
Let us adhere to the challenge of the prophet Micah: to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God toward that day where no mother must fear for their child's life in their own bed.
In the sure and certain hope of resurrection,
Rev. Kent Gilbert, President, and Rev. Dr. Donald K. Gillett, II, Executive Director
Founded in 1947, the Kentucky Council of Churches is one of the most representative and diverse councils of its kind in the United States. Representatives from 16 different conferences, dioceses, and districts from 11 different denominations and several independent and observer traditions form the council which meets throughout the year to consider matters of faith and common work. Over the more than seven decades of its work, the KCC has considered and crafted more than 35 policy statements to help guide Kentuckians in matters of faith in action. To be adopted, all policies must be unanimously approved by representatives from every member body.
At the direction of and on behalf of the gathered leaders of the Kentucky Council of Churches
Kentucky Council of Churches
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The Kentucky Council of Churches is comprised of the following communions and observers.