Bishop’s Statement on White Supremacist Rallies in Tennessee

In the Book of Revelation, Holy Scripture places before us a vision of the kingdom of God, a reconciled humanity gathered “from every tribe and language and people and nation” to worship before the throne of God. Those assembled for worship from all corners of the earth are “a kingdom and priests serving our God” (Rev. 5:9-10).

The church that contains within it the seed of that kingdom is likewise brought together from all the peoples of the earth, bound together as “one body and one Spirit” by the “one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all” (Eph. 4:4-6). As the church, we are knit together in one community of faith as one people in Christ (1 Pet. 2:9-10).

God’s invitation to humanity in Christ is addressed to all the peoples of the earth. God’s intention is to reconcile all through the ministry of Christ. Alternative visions that privilege certain tribes or languages or peoples or nations over others, or strive to drive people apart, are not in keeping with what we believe about Jesus Christ or the call of the church. I urge the members of our diocese, at this time in the life of the communities in which we live, to seek connection rather than division, for the sake of a world that needs our witness.

  • The Rt. Rev’d John Bauerschmidt, Bishop of Tennessee