As United Methodist ministers of the Mississippi Annual Conference, we commit ourselves to speak out against injustice and discrimination of any kind, based on the very principles that we have in our own Book of Discipline. We believe that any attempt to legislate and sign into law discriminatory practices against any group of people is sinful and does harm to the body of Christ and to the well being of the communities both church and government are called to serve. We commit ourselves to be in ministry to all people, regardless of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, disability, status, economic condition, sexual orientation, gender identity or religious affiliation.
We echo the voices of those brave 28 men who spoke out against racial injustice in 1963, and their prophetic witness has renewed our own convictions. With them, we stand against the powers and principalities of evil that seek to exclude those who are different because of their race, color, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender disability, status, economic condition, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religious affiliation.