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Summarized by Kent Larsen

LDS Church Supports National Anti-Racism Effort
(The Faith Communities Leadership Summit Report)
Kent Larsen 21Mar00 N6

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The LDS Church supported a recent effort by the National Conference for Community and Justice to improve the race climate in the United States and fight racism in the United States. As part of the effort, Elder W. Don Ladd of the Second Quorum of the Seventy, participated in a meeting planning the NCCJ's recent Faith Communities Leadership Summit and represented the Church at the summit. The effort urges Churches and religions to take new steps to fight racism and classism in the United States.

As part of U.S. President Bill Clinton's Initiative on Race, launched in the summer of 1997, the NCCJ, formerly known as the National Conference of Christians and Jews, planned a Faith Summit, held October 22-23 at the White House Conference Center. Elder Ladd also attended the summit as a representative of the LDS Church. Participants included the 43 Church and religious leaders representing 38 faiths that planned the summit, as well as many others.

The Summit adopted specific initiatives it hopes will lead to eliminating discrimination, bias, bigotry and racism in America. These include requesting that Church leaders identify racism as a sin, and an evil that must be addressed. It also includes urging Churches to engage in anti-racist activities both within and outside their communities. The initiatives also urge Churches to address racism at three different levels, the personal, group and systemic levels.

The link above includes a detailed list of the proposals agreed on by the summit.


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