An Idaho church ID has decided to remove a stained glass window in its sanctuary which features Confederate General Robert E. Lee standing next to Abraham Lincoln and George Washinton.
The leadership of the “Cathedral of the Rockies” a Pro-LGBTQQIP2SAA, Pro-choice United Methodist Church (ie, not a church at all) announced the change in an email that went out to congregants.
The email, which prominently features #blacklivesmatter and “we repent for our participation in white supremacy” in its header, states:
” The Gospel of Christ Jesus compels us and our Baptismal vows embolden us to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves. Our pastors and staff have spoken and speak against systemic racism, study to understand, and work with leaders of color to listen and learn.”
” After considerable prayer and deliberation, your Cathedral of the Rockies Church Board has voted to immediately modify the window and remove this divisive and hurtful image. We believe this section of our window to be inconsistent with our current mission, to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, as well as the banner which hangs above our doors espousing, “all means all – you are welcome here”. Further, such display is a barrier to our important work resisting evil, injustice, and oppression. Symbols of white supremacy do not belong in our sacred space.”
Given that this Church also thinks it’s perfectly acceptable to murder babies of all color in the womb, and also for its church members and church leadership to engage in every manner of homosexual perversion, it is evident they don’t know the first thing about what the gospel is or how it compels, nor do they understand what evil or unjustice is enough to resist it.
The Rev. Duane Anders, the Cathedral’s senior pastor, commented in an interview with the Christian Post that the window was initially installed in the 1960’s as a nod to inclusion for white southerners who had moved to Boise and that after they remove Lee they are going to replace with “a yet to be determined person of color.”
The church plans to hold a “worship service of repentance” on June 21, inviting the Boise community to join in the staff-led small group studying the book “White Fragility.”