These were the final words of George Floyd, who was murdered at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis. The same words were uttered by other persons of color who died of asphyxiation at the hands of police. The words have been adopted by the Black Lives Matter movement and are chanted by protestors in the U.S. and beyond in their demand for racial justice. The Pension Boards of the United Church of Christ joins in that demand; we condemn racism in all of its forms and commit ourselves to action.
This week, our message to you focuses on one issue very much in the hearts and minds of our church at this time. We wish to share with you the following Pastoral Reflection on Racism, prepared by, and with the full support of, the Pension Boards’ leadership team. The trustees and staff of the Pension Boards renew our commitment to racial justice, and to creating a just world for all.
Each week since the closure of the Pension Boards’ offices in mid-March, we have provided updates to let you – our members and employers – know how our work on your behalf continues, and to provide information about benefits, services, and other resources available in this time.
The IRS released Notices 2020-29 and 2020-33 which provide tax relief through increased flexibility for taxpayers with Flexible Spending Accounts, including Health and Dependent Care.
We hope that you and your loved ones had an opportunity for rest during the Memorial Day weekend. Many of you are working differently as a result of the pandemic – leading virtual worship services, working from home, caring for school-age children and elderly family members. We pray that you are finding time for respite and self-care in the midst of all that you are doing.