An Open Letter to the Board of Methodist Federation for Social Action:
Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8
As we write to you today, the words of Paul to the community in Philippi ring aloud in head and heart as we address you. We have been honored and privileged to be a member of the board over the past two years with all of you. We have been members of MFSA because we believe in the work and legacy of justice work within the church and in the world, speaking prophetically since 1907.
We also write to you today with a heavy heart to inform you that after some time of discernment we will be resigning as co-chairpersons of the board. Over these past two years as a board we have been confronting the long history of racism and patriarchy in our society and specifically within the operations of a white normative non-profit progressive organization. Our work has lead to trainings and hard conversations. At this time, however, there seems to be vast and divergent views and indeed an impasse on how to do the work of addressing the participation of MFSA in these systems of whiteness within its own organizational structure and how it has benefited from them. Although we have spent considerable time in training and conversation regarding this very issue, the courage and leadership to take these hard next steps about how to move forward and the leadership the organization needs has been unclear and floundering. Because of this, our credibility with our sister POC caucuses throughout the connection have been severely damaged. Their strength and leadership is a value that we are unwilling to damage on a personal level. Our commitments remain to values of equity, justice, and liberation with and for all God’s children. We value who MFSA has been and pray for a vision full of courage to do the risky and very hard things that will carry it forward.
We will continue to be supportive of our local chapters, working with our siblings toward true liberation, and hope that the work of dismantling racism and patriarchy in all its forms is the work that our chapters can continue to seriously take on as the most true, honorable and just priority and work toward authentic liberation.
Rev. Lydia E. Muñoz
Rev. Amy Stapleton