Presiding Bishop Addresses Supreme Court Ruling on Same Sex Marriage

A Pastoral Letter to the Saints of the Church of God in Christ
From Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr,:

“Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation” (I Peter 2:11-12).

On today, the 26th of June 2015, the majority of the United States Supreme Court issued a decision that has made same-sex marriage legal in all of the states of the Union. The Court made its decision based on its reading of the United States Constitution. Today, the Church of God in Christ reaffirms its long-held position that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, basing our decision firmly on the Bible. As Christians, we believe that the Bible teaches marriage to be a lifelong union of one man and one woman. As Christians, we are called to proclaim and practice this doctrine. Our ultimate trust is in God and not in any court or government. We trust God. So, I write to you, saints of God, as a stranger and pilgrim in our contemporary society.

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Bishop Swan Speaks on the Need for the Prophetic Voice of the Church

Bishop Talbert Swan, II, Advisor on Social Justice/Public Policy speaks about the need for the prophetic voice of the church at the Presiding Bishop's Forum during the 107th International Holy Convocation.

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Presiding Bishop’s Statement on Police Executions

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

Church of God in Christ

Pastoral Statement on Police Executions

The brutal execution-style ambush and killing of two New York police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos is a horrifying tragedy. Our prayers are for their families at this time. We pray also for the vast majority of police officers across this country who risk their lives on a daily basis to defend the public. The injustices suffered by black men can in no way justify this act of insanity. All who are committed to advancing the necessary systemic reforms of police practices and procedures must condemn this murder in no uncertain terms. It is essential to pursue justice for black men in a way that does not create an atmosphere that encourages violence or a disregard for the rule of law. This outrageous murder is sickeningly reminiscent of the avalanche of black-on-black murder that plagues our young men. We must be as determined to address the roots of this violence as we are to correct the injustices visited upon us by others. As Christians we are called to seek peace and pursue justice and to stand in compassion with the grieving families of these brave men who have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the community.

Black Lives Matter Litanies

Dear Co Laborers:

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. has united the Church Of God In Christ with denominations and independent churches across the nation to speak with one unified voice on Sunday, December 14, 2014 by declaring it as “Black Lives Matter” Sunday.

On Sunday, as we unite in worship, we will bring to the sacred space called sanctuary the essence of what we are in light of the extra judicial killings of African American men and boys across the nation and the failure of the criminal justice system to hold the police that are killing them accountable. We bring: the angry, the hopeful, the hurts, the pains, the challenges, the suspicions and much more into the house of worship and submit everything to the Almighty, who knows and understands all.

As we worship, we will focus beyond ourselves to acknowledge and submit to God’s reign and rule in our lives. We will be challenged to look at our nation and ourselves and ponder what lessons may be gleaned from the current state of affairs. Yet, through our worship, we will be strengthened and encouraged to effectively live according to God’s Word and to faithfully walk along the Christian journey.

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Black Lives Matter Sunday

 

COGIC Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. Declares December 14th

“Black Lives Matter Sunday”

Memphis, TN (December 5, 2014) The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) is hosting “Black Lives Matter Sunday,” to remind the nation how important the lives of African Americans are.

Sunday, December 14, 2014, the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) will sponsor a day of prayer throughout its 12,000 congregations around the world, in honor of the two recent cases of African American men, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, killed by police.

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. says, “I watched, as did most of America, first the video of the incident, then the report of the Grand Jury in the Eric Garner case. I am saddened by the decision of the Staten Island Grand Jury to not indict New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo.  With no indictment in two national cases in less than a two week period, and to hear and see Eric Garner, a father and grandfather, placed in a banned choke hold and repeatedly say ‘I can’t breathe,’ takes us back years in the struggle for equal justice.”

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Reflections on Ferguson


November 25, 2014

Last night, a Saint Louis county grand jury refused to indict Darren Wilson in the murder of Michael Brown, Jr. on August 9, 2014. Brown’s life was cut short in circumstances that have become commonplace to communities of color across America — a young unarmed African-American man is racially profiled and then gunned down by a police officer or white male with impunity.

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COGIC’s Letter to Governor Nixon

November 13, 2014
The Honorable Jay Nixon
Governor of Missouri
P.O. Box 720
Jefferson City, Missouri  63103

Dear Governor Nixon:

The tragic shooting of Michael Brown is extremely troubling to us. As an organization that has invested over $ 140 million dollars in the St. Louis regional economy over the past four years, with the likelihood of investing an additional $150 million dollars over the next four years, we feel especially obligated to urge that steps be taken to ensure that there will be justice in the Michael Brown shooting and that necessary systemic changes will be made that reduce the likelihood of situations like those listed below happening again:

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Pastoral Statement on Ferguson

 

A Pastoral Statement on the Crisis in Ferguson:
Where Do We Go from Here?
The Right Reverend Charles E. Blake, Sr.
Presiding Bishop
Church of God in Christ
November 08, 2014

 

We in the church are called to stand with the widow and the orphan, with the poor and the suffering as our Lord Jesus Christ did. For “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” (James 1:27). We therefore seek to encourage the people of Ferguson in their steadfast protest for justice following the tragic death of Michael Brown. More important, we will continue to pray for the people, their leaders and the authorities of the area. We will seek God’s blessing especially for those dealing with systematic racial injustice.

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General Assembly Passes Resolution on Same Sex Marriage

samesexThe General Assembly of the Church Of God In Christ passed a resolution restating its position on same sex marriage during its November Session following the 107th International Holy Convocation in St. Louis, MO. Click here to download the resolution.

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Turnout Sundays

Turnout Sundays: Souls to the Polls
National Faith GOTV Weekend of Action
October 25th – 26th and November 1st and 2nd


turnoutsundayWe do not have to tell you how absolutely critical the 2014 election is for the future of African Americans. Programs vital to the well-being of underserved communities could be threatened if elections are won by those who are committed to cutting or eliminating programs like The Affordable Care Act, Head Start, Food Stamps, and the Voting Rights Act. We simply cannot afford to sit on the sidelines while others determine our fate. On September 21st, the Church Of God In Christ (COGIC) participated in a national faith-based campaign called FREEDOM SUNDAY 2014, which kicked off in over 2000 churches across the nation. The Campaign is a tribute to the legacy of the 1964 Freedom Summer where Black people in the south launched massive voter registration campaigns that eventually led to the creation of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and our voting rights today. Please remember, if you are attending the 107th ANNUAL HOLY CONVOCATION in St. Louis, MO and won’t be available to vote on Election Day, please cast an ABSENTEE BALLOT prior to leaving home! Click here for more information on Turnout Sundays.


 The Church must raise its prophetic voice in the fight for freedom and organize a massive Black Voter education; registration and mobilization drive from now through November 4th election. We are calling on each church to conduct 2 National Faith Weekends of Action to get Souls to the Polls! ==>Check www.iwillvote.org for Early Voting States and Deadlines 

 
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