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By Bishop Dwayne Royster and Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews

After four years of living in a nightmare — a nightmare in which we saw issues of white supremacy, immigration, gun violence, and healthcare catch on fire day after day, leaving in its wake irreparable damage to families and communities — it seems as if we are finally turning into a hopeful curve. A new administration can be a time of hope, and offers a chance of healing and repair. This opportunity is now in front of us with the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the nation’s next president and vice president.

We are reflecting on and planning our next steps not just as faith leaders, but also as people whose families and loved ones have suffered under the hands of an administration that roots its work in hate and the marginalization of the least of these. We now have to collectively work together with the new administration to right the wrongs of every oppressive bill signed, every national crisis that was dismissed, and every life lost. We will work together and we will hold them accountable to make good on their campaign promises. This movement forward is the ultimate testament in declaring justice. Justice, as we define it, is what faith looks like in public, and the public has spoken at the ballot box.

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