The events of the last few weeks have highlighted the scourge of racism in our country. We have glimpsed with horror the arbitrary brutality too often perpetrated against people of color and join our voices in denouncing sinful acts of racial violence. Black lives matter. As Christians, we have a special obligation to speak truth to power and work for a world in which we all finally and fully live as Christ commanded—in which we love God and love our neighbor as ourselves. With that vision in mind and as pastoral leaders in a congregation which longs to do more good:
We LAMENT the loss of life, livelihood, and liberty of too many of our black siblings and grieve for the system that has allowed such gross disparities to grow between white people and people of color.
We REPENT of our own racism and recognize that silence in the face of injustice is its own kind of violence. We ask forgiveness for our part in these systems of oppression.
We COMMIT to taking the following steps to ensure that we do not let the cries of this moment go unheeded: