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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Church leaders seek to 'dismantle racism' for MLK Day

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, U.S. Christian church leaders urged their congregations to join other congregations in their communities to "discern ways to exercise common witness and common service as together we seek to dismantle racism and, in so doing, to be the voice and presence of God's love in the world." United Methodist Bishop William Oden, ecumenical officer, United Methodist Council of Bishops, the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and nine other Christian church leaders - many of them heads of communion - endorsed the statement issued through Churches Uniting in Christ. CUIC is a relationship of 10 member churches "that have pledged to live more closely together in expressing their unity in Christ and to combat racism together," according to the organization's Web site.

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