A Litany for Witness and Commitment*

This is Church: we know how to bind up the broken-hearted; we know courage; we know that love casts out fear.

We know that “freedom is never voluntarily given up by the oppressor” and that “’wait’ has almost always meant ‘never’” and that we must demand justice:

We will not be denied.

We will continue to teach the institutional church what it means to know God’s unconditional love:

We will not give up.

We know that the pressure created by our movement forced episcopal leadership to act in new ways:

We will keep the pressure on.

We will continue to insist that the denominational discrimination end:

It’s past time for change.

We believe that the Biblical call to justice is greater than The United Methodist Book of Discipline:

We will practice Biblical Obedience.

We trust light “gets in at the broken places” and we are determined that light can show us the path forward:

We will radiate the light of God’s justice-love.

We honor those whose legacy has formed us, whose witness has empowered us, and we refuse to surrender:

We will be prisoners of hope!

Written by Rev. Lois McCullen Parr
*1 John 4; Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Leonard Cohen; Zechariah 9

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