Racial Injustice

Racial Injustice and Police Brutality

Adequate words to respond to the killing of George Floyd escape me as once again we are stunned by the utter disregard for the human life of a black man. As people of faith, let us stand with our black sisters and brothers in their outrage and calls for justice. Those of us who are white do not experience the harassment and inequities of racism. Therefore, while holding to nonviolence, we cannot harshly judge those whose restraint of rage has finally come to an end. When the repeated cries of oppressed people are ignored, flames and broken glass are ways of claiming attention and expressing urgent demands. Instead of quelling protests against police brutality with violence, these demands and calls for justice need to be heard and adequate responses made. Even as we fear for the lives of those protesting in the streets while the coronavirus continues to spread among us and reject the wanton destruction of communities, we recognize that there comes a time when justice cannot wait. May each one of us stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters, and join their calls for justice, recognizing the sacred worth of every black life, each one created and loved by God.

Written by Ruth Rosell, Director of the Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence

May 30, 2020

Photo by Josh Hild on Unsplash

Statement on Police Accountability and Systemic Racism

We, the faculty, staff, and leadership team of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, have been horrified at the disregard for black lives demonstrated in recent killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. We join our voices with those calling for an end to police brutality toward black people and for a rooting out of racial injustice in our law enforcement and criminal justice systems.

We recognize that these deaths are part of a much deeper systemic racism embedded within our society and expressed in other forms of violence, including the inaccessibility of adequate healthcare, lack of educational and economic opportunity, and mass incarceration. As people of faith, we are deeply grieved by this enduring suffering, and we stand with our African American sisters and brothers in their calls for justice.

As a seminary community, we are guided by core values of humanity, diversity, and justice.  We regard every human person as bearing the image of God.  We respect and celebrate the richness of our diversity. We seek to form students who act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. Within our academic curriculum are threaded themes of racial diversity and social justice. We seek to teach and embody racial diversity so that the personhood of all individuals is honored. We encourage the recognition of unjust oppressive systems that need to be challenged with nonviolent strategic initiatives so that more just systems may be created.

As a community guided by such core values, we strongly affirm that black lives matter and must be treated as having inherent dignity and sacred worth. We pledge to listen deeply and learn from our black sisters and brothers, to be diligent in making sure that our seminary community is one that genuinely respects and values black presence, and to be active in our advocacy for racial justice and anti-racism in all the forums and venues available to us.  Recognizing that diversity is our greatest attribute, that our greatest strength can be found in unity, and that our greatest potential lies in affirming the full humanity of every individual, we commit ourselves to stand in solidarity with our African American brothers and sisters and call on others to join us.

Posted June 11, 2020


Poor People’s Campaign

The Poor People’s Campaign is a movement of tens of thousands of people across the country who are organizing to end the interlocking injustices of systemic racism, poverty, militarism and the war economy, ecological devastation, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism.  One of our Buttry Center Advisory Group members Jessica Williams is a leader in the Kansas chapter. We encourage you to watch this virtual event that took place on Saturday, June 20.  Click here.

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Climate Crisis



On October 26, 2019, the Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence hosted a one day conference entitled “Joining God in Saving the Earth: Mobilizing for Action on the Climate Crisis.”  This conference brought people of faith together to talk about the climate crisis and consider how to mobilize for action that makes a difference.

Participants spent the day with other people of faith concerned about the climate crisis.  They considered how their faith speaks to this crisis, learned about ways it is being addressed, connected with leaders in the community working on this issue, discovered how to make a difference on an individual, congregational, and societal level, and were inspired to act.

The featured speaker was the Rev. Fletcher Harper, an Episcopal priest and the executive director of GreenFaith, an interfaith environmental coalition providing leadership in the religious environmental movement addressing the climate crisis.  Much of the conference was recorded and is available for viewing at the link below.

Video Presentations from Climate Crisis Conference: click here


Buttry Center Blog – Pondering Peace:  click here

Global Peace Warriors: Buttry Website for Conflict Transformation: click here



To learn more about the Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence, click on the links below:

Peace and the Buttry Center

Buttry Center Mission, Values, and Priorities

The Buttry’s and Launching the Buttry Center





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