Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Over the last week, there has been a collective outcry for racial justice from our Cabinet, conference and district staff, clergy and lay leaders, local church members and friends of the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Our Christian faith compels us to denounce the harm that has been caused by the sin of individual and systemic racism. As well, we pledge that we will engage in the long term work of addressing it – individually, as a Cabinet, and as the Arkansas Annual Conference.

Led by Bishop Gary Mueller, we will be issuing a plan of action for listening, learning and living, to equip all of us to stand for the dismantling of racism. This action will be comprehensive and, more importantly, sustained. We will unveil details about this initiative during Annual Conference on June 13. However, this is all of our work. We hope you will share ideas that you think will be helpful.

To our beloved black clergy and members:

We HEAR YOU.
We SEE YOU.
We LOVE YOU.
We WILL BE BETTER FOR YOU.

In the name of Christ Jesus,

Bishop Gary Mueller
Jim Polk
Karon Mann
Todd Burris
Amy Ezell
Blake Bradford
Stephen Coburn
John Fleming
JJ Galloway
Mark Norman
Ann Ferris