VIDEO: A Message from CNBC
National Ministry Leader, Gerry Taillon, and National Leadership Board President, Bo Neal, discuss the postponing of the 2020 annual convention.
On June 6, 2020 Abeeku Kilson commented:
Hello There, I send this in regards to all the racism that is happening in the world, and yes, sometimes in the Church. I need this to be very uncomfortable because racism is a problem. Here in Canada. We can’t deny that anymore. Especially in the US, and even racism here in Canada since it tends to exist. That can't be denied anymore. What has been going on in the world lately has been a wake-up call that this generation can empower change. There needs to be a time for a change and in the denomination. Every church in the denomination to get bold and start addressing racism Especially But it doesn't stop there. The Evangelical Church has been way too silent on the issues of racism in the church. So here I am, raising my voice and letting it be known that a lot of People of Color and people of privilege as well want to see more being done. Some of us have felt too silent about it due to maybe facing racism in the Church, or feeling that nothing gets done if we don't raise our voice and speak our concerns. Not feeling like we have a voice to speak up, but what happened in the US with the murder of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and many before them means that the Church has the opportunity to respond, pray, listen to the voice of others and take action practically. Now is not the time for us to be passive anymore. We can't be passive anymore. The Church in many ways has been more reactive than proactive on matters like these, and the time is now. People in leadership need to speak up on this issue, address it, pray, and take action on what can be done in the Evangelical Church. Speak about it in congregations. Educating them, letting communities be away. Anything it takes to address racism and move forward. Unfortunately, it took the death of someone for the Church to be aware of moving forward with racism, but coming from a Sociology background, learning about racism, living and experiencing racism first hand, and seeing the silence on the Church with racism, I'm hoping practical measures will be done moving forward. Luke 15, Galatians 2. Please pass this along to all forms of leadership in the Church. I mean all forms. We can't ignore what has been going on with racism, and as it is happening here, we need your assistance. We need your voice. Those in the Church need you, the leaders, the elders, our shepherds to no longer be silent on the issue. Don't let the conversation just end here and the only prayer alone. Praying for us isn’t enough. It is great, yes and the Bible does say to pray, but the church, leadership, elders, everyone needs to be aware of racism. Speaking about it to the congregation. Silence no more, let action be taken. I urge you to please keep these discussions going. Living through racism, I can't just stay silent anymore and we really need the Church to be bold in times like these. We have work to do and more needs to be done in the church. Those uncomfortable conversations need to be had. Things like Race, Justice, Oppression, and white privilege need to be mention. We can no longer be silent in this day and age. The time to act is now, and the Church must be more proactive than reactive than ever before to take practical measures. Please pass this whole conversation along to the denomination. Every leader. The time to act practically is now and the Church can no longer be silent on issues regarding racism. Bible verses about racism and prejudice:1 corinthians 12:13, 1 john 2:11, 1 Samuel 16:7, Acts 17:26, 1 Timothy 5:21, Colossians 3:13, Colossians 3:25, Ephesians 4:32, Exodus 22:21, Galatians 3:28, James 2:1, John 2:4, John 7:24, John 13:34, Proverbs 24:13, Revelation 7:9, Revelation 14:6, Romans 2:1, Romans 10:12, Mark 12:31, Matthew 28:19, Philippians 2:3-4, Romans 10:12-13, Leviticus 19:33-34, James 2:8-9, Genesis 1:26-27, 2 Chronicles 19:6-7, 1 John 3:15-16, 1 John 4:19-21, Acts 10:34-36
On May 23, 2020 Janet Campbell commented:
Thanks, Gerry and Bo! :)
On May 22, 2020 Michael McElroy commented:
Gerry, Thank you for the update and encouragement. We will keep you and the other leaders in our prayers. I support your decision. Blessings, Mike