We support our Black brothers and sisters. We love you. We want to hear you. In response to the need for racial reconciliation, our pastors and staff acknowledge that as believers focused on bringing hope to our community, we need to do better at listening and understanding. We believe that we were reconciled with Christ ultimately to help others reconcile. We are learning, discussing and are aware of a consistent need for growth in the area of racial reconciliation across our nation and within the church. We hope you will join us on this journey.
As a church, we are actively engaging in these biblical callings in response to the events of these past weeks.
We are lamentingHow long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I take counsel in my soul
and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
Because part of our church is suffering, we are called to suffer together (1 Corinthians 12:26). We mourn the injustice of what has happened in our nation to the Black community for 400 years. We mourn the racial injustice that happens now. We grieve the ways that the pulpit of the American church has - at many times - contributed to this inequality or remained silent when it should have spoken. These are some of our corporate laments we have made as a community these past weeks.
We are trusting in a God that moves us to racial reconciliation in compassion and action
As pastors and staff we have much to learn. We are not a very diverse group of leaders and realize that that plays a role in our ignorance. We love the diversity in our church, but we also do not want to assume that because we love it, there is not so much more of an intentional role to play in racial reconciliation in our own faith family.
Please join with us as we humbly seek the heart of our God who loves with deep compassion (Matthew 14:14) and intentional action (Joshua 7:14). We desire the full gospel of Jesus Christ to transcend and lead us as a people. We believe these steps are not the totality of what he is calling us to do, but the current steps where he is leading (Galatians 5:25-26). May the God of all reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:19) and justice (Hosea 12:6) lead us into a beautiful new ways (Revelation 21:5) of hope in Christ (1 John 5:13-14).