Board of Directors
South Central Conference
Board of Directors
Jesus prayed for his followers, and all disciples in the future, “that they may all be one.” (John 17:21).
The Pacific Islander & Asian American Ministries (PAAM) of the United Church of Christ recently issued a statement that read, in part: “There are no words to reflect what is happening in our Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Brutal attacks on the elderly and vulnerable are increasing. And these are not robberies. Just hate crimes and in broad daylight. The latest report from just one center monitoring AAPI crimes lists over 3,700 incidents from March 2020 to February 2021.” Since 1974, PAAM has boldly called out and condemned racism and xenophobia against all communities of color and vows to continue to do so for as long as this virus exists in our society.
Within the South Central Conference, several congregations identify themselves as Asian American and/or Pacific Islander churches. Additionally, many other local churches have members who identify as Asian American and/or Pacific Islander. Members and communities within our Associations, within our Conference, are being attacked.
The Board of Directors of the South Central Conference joins in solidarity with PAAM, the Pacific Islander and Asian American churches within our Conference and beyond, and members of the Conference in condemning the violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities – and every community of color – and in seeking to create a just world for all. An official vote of support of solidarity was taken by the Board of Directors at their April 17th Board Meeting.
Additionally, the Board of Directors Invites Conference churches to unite in standing against hate, racism and xenophobia.
Here are several Resources for PAAM: