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'Liberal' Churches Warned of Possible Attacks Around Biden Inauguration Day

Post by diegobueno » Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:08 am

Newsweek wrote:'Liberal' Churches Warned of Possible Attacks Around Biden Inauguration Day

Ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration this Wednesday, the United Church of Christ (UCC) tweeted a warning about threats that "liberal" churches have received leading up to Biden's swearing in.

On Friday, the UCC tweeted the statement, calling for ministers and congregants to exercise caution between Sunday January 17 and Biden's inauguration on Wednesday January 20.

"While we are hesitant to raise the alarm and/or overreact, recent events compel us to inform you about what we are hearing regarding possible threats that have come to our attention. There are reports that 'liberal' churches will become targets of possible attacks in the coming week, with the dates of Jan. 17 and Jan. 20 featured more prominently. We strongly encourage you to be attendant to all safety concerns for ministers and congregants, even if it means meeting in a way that is other than in person at a church building this week," the statement read "While we are hesitant to raise the alarm and/or overreact, recent events compel us to inform you about what we are hearing regarding possible threats that have come to our attention. There are reports that “liberal” churches will become targets of possible attacks in the coming week, with the dates of Jan. 17 and Jan. 20 featured more prominently. We strongly encourage you to be attendant to all safety concerns for ministers and congregants, even if it means meeting in a way that is other than in person at a church building this week."

According to Got Questions Ministries, the UCC "is active in traditionally liberal social causes such as abortion rights, same-sex marriage, and LGBT welcoming program."

In an emailed joint statement to Newsweek by UCC elected officers UCC General Minister and President Rev. John Dorhauer, and Associate General Ministers Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson and Rev. Traci Blackmon, the church said that recent attacks on places of worship informed the decision.

"This messaging started with concerns over credible threats identified by a couple of UCC Conference Ministers (our regional leaders) and one of our ecumenical partner communions. Erring on the side of caution and noting the previous attacks on our churches in the West and, in recent weeks, against like-minded churches in D.C., UCC national leadership decided to ask our congregations to be vigilant going into inauguration week."

On Thursday, UCC compiled an article of "Do's and Don'ts" from leaders for prior to the inauguration. Among those listed were "tend[ing] to the wounds that have been inflicted," calling out white supremacy, speaking out against Christian nationalism, avoid physical confrontations, speak out against lying which can lead to violence, and support legislation such as HR1 or the "For the People Act."

There have been reports of state capitols closing prior to the inauguration on January 20, anticipating protests as early as January 17. Law enforcement has been preparing for Biden's inauguration with heightened security. As previously reported, Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee said people can expect upwards of 20,000 members of the National Guard in Washington D.C., more than for President Donald Trump's 2017 inauguration and former President Barack Obama's inauguration in 2013.
https://www.newsweek.com/liberal-church ... on-1562121

My father was a UCC pastor, and I am affiliated with this denomination.
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Post by maestrob » Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:19 am

OMG!
On Thursday, UCC compiled an article of "Do's and Don'ts" from leaders for prior to the inauguration. Among those listed were "tend[ing] to the wounds that have been inflicted," calling out white supremacy, speaking out against Christian nationalism, avoid physical confrontations, speak out against lying which can lead to violence, and support legislation such as HR1 or the "For the People Act."
So now we should all just shut up and stop advocating for our causes AFTER we have won the day? :mrgreen:

{PAUSE FOR REFLECTION ON THAT CONCEPT}

Should Black churches not speak out about BLM for now?

A short tactical retreat may be in order, but we should not hold back now that we have a clear majority of Americans with us.

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Post by diegobueno » Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:54 am

Brian, your response puzzles me.

From the UCC website:
United Church of Christ wrote:“I see two primary tasks for the Church, one prophetic and one pastoral. The first is to call out and name the persistent evil that is white supremacy,” said the Rev. John Dorhauer, UCC general minister and president. “It is gaining purchase with increasingly more of our citizens and it will only be held in check when good people name it for what it is and declare once and for all this is not who we choose to be.

“The second is to tend to the wounds that have been inflicted. There are calls for unity — and I am all for unity,” he continued. “But like Jeremiah once warned, we can heal a wound lightly and cry peace when there is no peace. We were all traumatized by what we witnessed in our nation’s Capitol last week. We all need to heal. We need a return to civility in our public discourse.”

Hundreds of National Guard troops are patrolling the U.S. Capitol area, after the FBI warned of threats and possible demonstrations leading into inauguration week. The Bureau has said state legislatures are also becoming targets for protesters, with actions planned for Jan. 17.
Against Christian nationalism

Sandy Sorensen, director of the UCC Washington, D.C., office, concerned about people’s safety, said there are a number of actions people can take in the week leading up to the inauguration without leaving home. She was in the office just across the street when protestors stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. She saw demonstrators handing out Bibles and offering Bible study guides to justify their actions.

One of the responses she pointed to involves taking a stand against white Christian nationalism. The UCC is coordinating a response with longtime coalition partners at the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, and asking advocates to sign on.

“We must stand up to and speak out against Christian nationalism, especially when it inspires acts of violence and intimidation — including vandalism, bomb threats, arson, hate crimes, and attacks on houses of worship — against religious communities at home and abroad,” the statement reads. “Whether we worship at a church, mosque, synagogue, or temple, America has no second-class faiths. All are equal under the U.S. Constitution. As Christians, we must speak in one voice condemning Christian nationalism as a distortion of the gospel of Jesus and a threat to American democracy.”
Support new legislation

Sorensen also encourages support for new legislation, which she called “an important first step toward fixing what’s broken in our democracy.” HR 1, the For the People Act, is a comprehensive measure to bring about needed democracy reforms. The legislation includes ways to:

Expand and protect voting rights and access to the ballot.
Put ordinary Americans ahead of big money donors.
End gerrymandering so that electoral districts are fairly drawn.
Hold elected officials to the highest ethical standards. 

The Declaration for American Democracy is offering a number of actions one can take to support the For the People Act here.

Faith in Public Life is offering training for faith leaders that will offer clergy concrete steps they can take to lead congregations in this uncertain time. Interested parties can register here for a Jan 14. webinar that will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. ET.

Other clergy around the country advise reaching out to like-minded faith communities in local areas to build bridges, uniting to focus on what can be done to promote a vibrant democracy where you live and serve.
Speaking out locally

“Repeated lying in our public discourse from politicians and sadly other public officials, including clergy, has gone unchecked far too long. The lying facilitated violence, sedition and insurrection,” said the Rev. Peter Cook, UCC minister and executive director of the New York Council of Churches. “As pastors we need to be brave and be true in our speech and create environments in our faith communities and the public square, which facilitates truth telling. Building relationships with others and seeking truth by venturing tough conversations is important. The church must stop trying to be ‘apolitical’ or engage in silencing the voice of others who are struggling in the congregation or community. Instead, create space to discuss tough things.”

“I would warn us from using words that create more division then unity. I think the double standard that is being displayed in this nation’s political parties is what has irritated so many people, including me,” said Greg Denk, the UCC’s disaster coordinator for the Indiana-Kentucky Conference. “My personal recommendation is let us not return evil with evil but with good, including our words.”

Sorensen said many D.C. congregations are planning to have a unified sign message, “Our Witness Remains: Black Lives Matter,” at their houses of worship next week.

She is also noting the importance of sharing the message. “I would encourage people not to overlook the power of media advocacy, especially with local and regional media outlets. Letters to the editor, op-ed campaigns, radio and television can really help to shift the public narrative and dismantle misinformation and disinformation.”

The 59th Presidential Inaugural Committee suggests a day of service on MLK Day, Monday, Jan. 18, and is partnering with groups across the country to host service events that focus on COVID-19 relief and challenges the pandemic has made more difficult.

The Committee plans a memorial to remember and honor the lives lost to COVID-19 in cities and towns across the country on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 5:30 p.m. ET. A D.C. ceremony will feature lighting around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. Communities and congregations are invited to join by illuminating buildings and ringing church bells at 5:30 p.m. ET Tuesday in a national moment of unity and remembrance.
Avoiding physical confrontations

On Wednesday, Jan. 20, when Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are sworn in at the U.S. Capitol as president and vice president, it will be inside a secure perimeter. On the National Mall, nearly 200,000 American flags will be planted to represent the American people.

The UCC and The People’s Inauguration are offering a pre-inaugural worship service on Tuesday, Jan. 19. “Building Back Hope: A Service of Release & Renewal,” at 3:30 p.m. ET, features a number of UCC preachers coming together in prayer to bear witness to the past year and pouring hope into the future. Interested participants can register here.

For those experiencing emotional distress triggered by the turmoil the nation is embroiled in, there is help. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. The Disaster Distress Helpline also answers calls and texts related to infectious disease outbreaks, such as the COVID pandemic, incidents of community unrest and other traumatic events.

Finally, a word of advice from the Rev. Jerry Foltz, a 77-year-old retired pastor, a tireless UCC advocate and a volunteer with 20 years in the UCC Disaster Ministries Network.

“I plead with you NOT to get involved in these threatened actions, neither in support nor in countering them,” said Foltz, pastor emeritus of Wellspring UCC, Centerville, Va. “Additional people other than law enforcement and military will make the incidents worse. And you could be hurt in the worst way. I urge you not to engage strangers who have strong opinions; we don’t always know what will set people off with one more challenge to their opinion right now. I have demonstrated in the past for civil rights and against some wars, peacefully. But now is not the time to show up at any of these unpredictable events. It is best to stay home. Don’t go out, don’t risk more exposure to COVID-19. We will have plenty of work after Jan. 20 to try to rebuild our national life, with mighty prayers.”
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Re: 'Liberal' Churches Warned of Possible Attacks Around Biden Inauguration Day

Post by jserraglio » Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:55 am

From a Roman Catholic (my tradition) perspective . . . NCR (National Catholic Reporter) January 7th Editorial Catholics need to confess their complicity in the failed coup https://www.ncronline.org/news/opinion/ ... ailed-coup

The link was sent to me by the faculty & staff counselor at the RC parochial school I teach at, a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor (retired).

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Post by maestrob » Sun Jan 17, 2021 12:59 pm

“We must stand up to and speak out against Christian nationalism, especially when it inspires acts of violence and intimidation — including vandalism, bomb threats, arson, hate crimes, and attacks on houses of worship — against religious communities at home and abroad,” the statement reads. “Whether we worship at a church, mosque, synagogue, or temple, America has no second-class faiths. All are equal under the U.S. Constitution. As Christians, we must speak in one voice condemning Christian nationalism as a distortion of the gospel of Jesus and a threat to American democracy.”
That's better.

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Post by Modernistfan » Sun Jan 17, 2021 3:40 pm

The liberal Protestant denominations are not the only religious groups that are concerned. Many more liberal Jewish congregations, including Reform and Reconstructionist congregations, have beefed up security for similar reasons. I suspect that mosques are also very concerned about security.

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Post by barney » Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:57 pm

jserraglio wrote:
Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:55 am
From a Roman Catholic (my tradition) perspective . . . NCR (National Catholic Reporter) January 7th Editorial Catholics need to confess their complicity in the failed coup https://www.ncronline.org/news/opinion/ ... ailed-coup

The link was sent to me by the faculty & staff counselor at the RC parochial school I teach at, a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor (retired).
NCR is independent of the church hierarchy and, in my view, a very important voice. Their stance varies between traditional and progressive, but certainly not the far right that dominates the bishops' conference. I subscribe to several NCR emails.

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Post by barney » Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:58 pm

Modernistfan wrote:
Sun Jan 17, 2021 3:40 pm
The liberal Protestant denominations are not the only religious groups that are concerned. Many more liberal Jewish congregations, including Reform and Reconstructionist congregations, have beefed up security for similar reasons. I suspect that mosques are also very concerned about security.
Good points. Both faiths have had to beef up security under Trump, at considerable expense.

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Post by diegobueno » Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:03 am

It goes without saying that the MAGAgoths are going to be antisemitic. They wear their antisemitism on their sweatshirts. But even being Protestant is not safe from them. You have to be the right kind of Protestant, and eventually you'll have to be the right kind of right kind of Protestant.

And these are the people who scream the loudest about "religious freedom".
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Re: 'Liberal' Churches Warned of Possible Attacks Around Biden Inauguration Day

Post by barney » Mon Jan 18, 2021 11:41 am

diegobueno wrote:
Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:03 am
It goes without saying that the MAGAgoths are going to be antisemitic. They wear their antisemitism on their sweatshirts. But even being Protestant is not safe from them. You have to be the right kind of Protestant, and eventually you'll have to be the right kind of right kind of Protestant.

And these are the people who scream the loudest about "religious freedom".
Precisely.

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Re: 'Liberal' Churches Warned of Possible Attacks Around Biden Inauguration Day

Post by maestrob » Mon Jan 18, 2021 2:14 pm

diegobueno wrote:
Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:03 am
It goes without saying that the MAGAgoths are going to be antisemitic. They wear their antisemitism on their sweatshirts. But even being Protestant is not safe from them. You have to be the right kind of Protestant, and eventually you'll have to be the right kind of right kind of Protestant.

And these are the people who scream the loudest about "religious freedom".
Our founders deliberately kept religion out of politics for a reason. This is why.

And these are the people who "worship" our Constitution? :mrgreen:

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