Two Protestant denominations want study of reparations for U.S. slavery

Posted: Friday, July 20, 2001

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) approved a resolution Monday supporting a federal commission to study reparations for slavery.

The resolution, adopted at a joint convention of the two predominantly white churches, asked members to meet Congressional representatives about forming a reparations commission and issuing a formal apology for slavery.

''It's not just geared toward the money, but the money is very much a part of it,'' said the Rev. James L. Demus III of Chicago.

In May, the General Board of the Disciples of Christ, headquartered in Indianapolis, issued a formal apology for slavery. In the statement, the 831,000-member church admitted its apathy prolonged suffering of enslaved blacks.

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