Recorded Holy Week Service of Lament and Healing Addressing Hatred and Violence Against
The service was a lament for the Anti-Asian violence. We also shared prayers for healing within Asian-American churches and communities, healing across racial lines and a call to action to follow Jesus who loves us all. Rev. Motoe said a prayer in Japanese during the service.
California-Nevada Conference of The UMC | Holy Week Service of Lament and Healing Addressing Hatred and Violence Against Asian-Americans (cnumc.org)
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Asians and Asian-Americans of the UMC Condemn the Rise of Anti-Asian Violence in the U.S.
Editor’s Note: The following is the new and revised Statement Against Anti-Asian Violence from the Asian American Language Ministry Plan (AALM), and the New Federation of Asian American United Methodists (NFAAUM). The statement has been endorsed by all of the Asian American active Bishops in the U.S., as well as Asian American academics, leaders in the UMC and all of the 12 different Asian Caucuses.
Rev. John Oda, who directs the Asian American Language Ministry Plan said, “This is not just an Asian American concern. It is not an African American concern, a Hispanic/Latino concern, a Native American concern or a Pacific Islander concern. This increase in violence is a concern for ALL Christians; for anyone who wants to live out the tenets of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and who wants to fulfill His commandment to love one another. The United Methodist Church has a moral obligation to be vocally and visibly outraged at this precipitous rise in violence and hatred against the Asian American community.”
Read the full statement here
Addressing Hate Crimes Against Asian AmericansHate crimes against Asian Americans rose 150% last year, many of them targeting the elderly. Chinese Americans and even those who look Chinese are being blamed for COVID-19…
In the meantime, let’s remain vigilant in fighting all hate crimes. Report them to the police. In addition, you can report AAPI hate crimes to stopaapihate.org, which is run by Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University. They track and respond to hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, and bullying against AAPI in the United States.