Racism and Reconciliation

Reversing Racism’s Effects on Healthcare

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate,
adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

As our world, and our profession of healthcare in particular, still grapple with the strain of a global pandemic, our country now faces another distressing challenge. The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery quickly escalated the boiling and tumultuous waters of racism within our country and our culture.

Today, we find ourselves confronted with the urgent need to engage in conversations about awareness as we learn, listen and seek to understand each other in the fight against systemic racism in America. As Christians, we need to do something, and we need to do something now. As an organization, we want to be part of the solution, specifically for our profession in healthcare.

 

What is CMDA doing to confront this issue?
CMDA condemns racism in any form, and we believe there is no place for racism in the world, in healthcare or in the lives of our leadership, members or staff. We believe Scripture clearly communicate God’s will for mankind to treat people everywhere in all circumstances with love, humility, kindness, compassion and self-control.

CMDA will continue seeking to oppose racism in healthcare and society and pursuing justice in access to healthcare and equitable outcomes. We will also continue striving for racial diversity in our leadership nationally, regionally and locally, in our commissions, board, staff, membership and in all aspects of our many ministries.

 

What resources are available for CMDA members?

Watch this video from CMDA CEO Dr. Mike Chupp addressing the issue of racism today and how it impacts our ministry.

Watch this webinar with a panel of healthcare professionals who answer discuss how to use our calling from God to reverse racism’s effects on health and healthcare.

Read CMDA’s Public Policy Statement on racism, which includes a list of specific Scriptures denouncing racism in our world.

How can I pray?
In response to the violence and destruction happening in so many cities, the Lord is calling us to set aside Wednesday, June 10 as a day of prayer and fasting. We are asking God to heal our hearts and our land as we seek to find reconciliation with God and with one another.

Join us on this dedicated day of prayer and fasting as we boldly approach God’s throne and ask for His grace to help us and our nation at this time. We will have a time of corporate, virtual devotion and prayer at noon on June 10 on CMDA’s Facebook page. Visit www.facebook.com/cmdanational to join us for this special time of prayer. Next week, we will send out a downloadable prayer guide to assist you.

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