The riotous assault that occurred on Wednesday January 6, 2021 on the United States Capitol building was a dark and disgraceful event in our nation’s recent history.  This dangerous insurrection by an armed mob, fueled by hate and misinformation from the highest levels of our government, was a vicious attack, not only on the seat of our government, but on American democracy itself.  Such actions were heartbreaking and wrong and have no place in our political discourse.

We, the members of the Silver Spring United Methodist Church Racial Justice Ministry, strongly condemn this unprecedented attack on our democracy, and we call on all our elected leaders and all communities of faith to do the same.

American voters made their voices heard when they elected Joseph R. Biden, Jr. the next President of the United States.  The election was lawful and secure, and the peaceful transition of power is a core tenet of our democracy, one that we always have and always should respect.  And, in spite of the violence and threat against their lives, our elected leaders went back to work to protect our democracy, and to fulfill their constitutional duty under the law.

As people of faith, we have important work to do to help heal the divisions in our nation, and to rebuild our relationships with one another in order to prevent such violence in the future.  In the spirit of Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, let us focus on that work: to move our churches, our communities, and our country forward toward unity and equality.

May there be Peace with Justice,

SSUMC Racial Justice Ministry Leaders