In Response to Charlottesville Terrorism: A Statement from ABSW Administration & Faculty

August 17, 2017 ~ Meagan Wood

IN RESPONSE TO CHARLOTTESVILLE TERRORISM, WE CALL FOR VIGILANT PROPHETIC MOVEMENT TOWARD PEACE AND JUSTICE

CharlottesvilleThe events that took place in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday, August 12, 2017 give evidence of the deep seated hatred, bigotry, and racism that resides in the United States of America.  In recent months, we have experienced escalating tensions that have now reached the level of national terrorism. In line with our commitments to diversity, the American Baptist Seminary of the West (ABSW) has established a safe space and innovative curriculum that embraces theological dialogue directly related to the most critical issues of our day.  Consequently, we speak out today against hatred, bigotry, racism, violence, neo-Nazism, the KKK, and White Supremacist groups.  There is no place in our theology or ideology for the evils that have been perpetrated historically and in recent days against anti-racist groups.  There can be no more moral ambiguity rather inclusive presence and justice are moral imperatives for freedom in this nation.

As a theological educational institution located in Berkeley, CA, ABSW is committed to free speech, justice, equity, and peace for all people.  Accordingly, we raise the question “when is free speech hate speech, and when does hate speech lead to violence?”  We call our faculty, staff, students, and constituencies as colleagues in ministry, to unite in vigilant prophetic resistance against all forms of hatred as well as join a vigilant prophetic movement toward a peace making that reflects our commitments to the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

ABSW has been and will continue be “A laboratory for building communities of Christian hope, justice and reconciliation.”

Sincerely,

The Administration and Faculty of
The American Baptist Seminary of the West
1 of 10 multi-cultural/inter-cultural
ATS accredited theological schools in North America