Bishop McKee Respectfully Withdraws From Lights for Liberty Event
Earlier this month, I was approached by local organizers of a worldwide event called Lights for Liberty. I was most attracted to the interfaith nature of Friday night’s vigil designed to shed light on the atrocities taking place along our southern border and looked forward to participating.
The focus, though, has dramatically changed in the last two days. What originally was intended to be a peaceful gathering instead has morphed into a politically charged, activist event that is antithetical not only to my vision for how best to pursue social justice but also to who we are as United Methodists.
Because of these deviations from the initial program, I have decided to respectfully withdraw from my speaking opportunity along with other faith-based leaders who also were scheduled to take part. While it is critical to bring awareness to this justice issue, we must do so in an environment that amplifies solutions instead of casts blame.
Please join me in continued prayer for the people – especially the children – who are enduring inhumane treatment in detention at our border. Look for information about how to take faithful and prophetic action in the weeks to come.
Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2019