Board of General Superintendents

affirms Manual statement on discrimination -

Church of the Nazarene

These are trying days for so many reasons, not the least of which is the recent murder of George Floyd by one who was Supposed to serve and protect. There are many thoughts that come to mind at a time like this but perhaps it is best for us To be reminded of what we believe as Nazarenes. This reminder is not simply an internal document for denominational reference, no, it is a statement that influences the societies in which we live and minister. We uphold and affirm, the rights and privileges of all people everywhere. We are saddened and frustrated that over and over again violations of such rights are perpetrated.  Let us be examples of Jesus...a lot of people are watching, but that is secondary to the fact that God is.

- Rev. Ian Fitzpatrick (National Director)

Broad attention has focused in recent days in the United States of America, as well as other nations of the world, on issues of discrimination, race relations, and the inherent value of every person as created in the image of God. We want to remind Nazarenes around the world as well as everyone concerned about these matters of the following statement included in our denominational Manual, as affirmed by our General Assembly:

915 Discrimination: “The Church of the Nazarene reiterates its historic position of Christian compassion for people of all races. We believe that God is the Creator of all people, and that of one blood are all people created".

“We believe that each individual, regardless of race, color, gender, or creed, should have equality before law, including the right to vote, equal access to educational opportunities, to all public facilities, and to the equal opportunity, according to one’s ability, to earn a living free from any job or economic discrimination".

“We urge our churches everywhere to continue and strengthen programs of education to promote racial understanding and harmony. We also feel that the scriptural admonition of Hebrews 12:14 should guide the actions of our people. We urge that each member of the Church of the Nazarene humbly examine his or her personal attitudes and actions toward others, as a first step in achieving the Christian goal of full participation by all in the life of the church and the entire community".

“We reemphasize our belief that holiness of heart and life is the basis for right living. We believe that Christian charity between racial groups or gender will come when the hearts of people have been changed by complete submission to Jesus Christ, and that the essence of true Christianity consists in loving God with one’s heart, soul, mind, and strength, and one’s neighbor as oneself".

“Therefore, we renounce any form of racial and ethnic indifference, exclusion, subjugation, or oppression as a grave sin against God and our fellow human beings. We lament the legacy of every form of racism throughout the world, and we seek to confront that legacy through repentance, reconciliation, and biblical justice. We seek to repent of every behavior in which we have been overtly or covertly complicit with the sin of racism, both past and present; and in confession and lament we seek forgiveness and reconciliation".

“Further, we acknowledge that there is no reconciliation apart from human struggle to stand against and to overcome all personal, institutional and structural prejudice responsible for racial and ethnic humiliation and oppression. We call upon Nazarenes everywhere to identify and seek to remove acts and structures of prejudice, to facilitate occasions for seeking forgiveness and reconciliation, and to take action toward empowering those who have been marginalized.” (2017-21 Manual, Church of the Nazarene)

--Board of General Superintendents

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March 18, 2020

 

A message from the National Director:

 

You should have received a message about church gatherings through your District Superintendents, so I will not repeat what is in that message.

This message is specific to NATIONAL OFFICE operations.

 

-          All National Office Staff will be working from home. As of the 18th of March, phone calls will be directed to our Executive Assistant, Mr. Eric White, he will then redirect the call to the appropriate person.

-          Emails will be responded too in a timely fashion.

-          Mail will be received and cheques will be deposited in a timely fashion.

 

Please understand that we are doing our utmost to function normally. There will be some glitches but these will be addressed as they arise. God has not been taken by surprise and he is control of all that we do. Let us exercise wisdom, caution and extend care to the most vulnerable amongst us and most of all pray.

Be blessed, 

Rev. Ian Fitzpatrick

National Director

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