ACU’S Carl Spain Center Issues ‘Letters of Conscience’

The Carl Spain Center on Race Studies & Spiritual Action, housed at Abilene Christian University, has issued a series of letters, collectively titled “The Letters of Conscience to the Churches in America: A Courageous Christian Response to White Supremacy.”

The letters were written by men and women from a variety of walks of life, including many familiar to Abilenians, with a foreward by the center’s founder, ACU professor Dr. Jerry Taylor. His powerful foreward begins with the following:

“Dearly beloved,
It gives me great joy to share Letters of Conscience to the Churches in America. These are courageous voices calling for peace in an hour of boiling hostility. We join together to express the hope of seeing soon the disappearance of the crying clouds of hatred that are raining acid chaos upon the uncovered head of a dis-United States of America. We as Christians boldly assert that political right-wing extremists should not be given the authority to force Christians into a timid posture of cowardly silence.”

Recently, a video posted online sparked outrage that has resulted in violent protests nationwide. The video shows a white Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, an African American, while Floyd repeatedly says, “I can’t breathe.” Floyd died during the incident and his death resulted in protests across the country.

The officer, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Chauvin and three fellow officers were fired on Tuesday, May 26.

To access the letters, click here

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One comment

  • As I opened the link and began reading the letters, I quickly realized they could not be read in one sitting or appropriately assimilated more than one or two at a time. I’ve read about 15 so far and have decided to use them as individual devotional readings. Thank you, Dr. Taylor and the Carl Spain Center, for sharing these remarkable expressions of intelligence, insight, wisdom, understanding, and humanity. What a gift you have given us!


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