The American Society of Missiology, the Association of Professors of Mission and the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education have issued a joint statement on race and injustice in the United States of America. The short, theologically-grounded statement acknowledges the impact of racism on the history and practice of mission and lays out six commitments for future work toward ending racism. Such a joint public statement is a first for the three groups, and this is the first time that the American Society of Missiology has made a public statement on any current issue.
The three groups each bring together a mix of scholars and practitioners from ecumenical Protestant, independent evangelical, and Catholic traditions. The three groups have members and leaders from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds, and Asian Americans are particularly well-represented, but each group is majority white.