To Our African-American Sisters and Brothers
Our hearts are grieving with you. Our grief is in response to the brutal loss of human life, most recently George Floyd, and the systemic mistreatment of African-Americans in our country. Our souls hurt for you. Yet we realize we can never know the depth of hurt you feel. Our minds are swirling with thoughts of love for you. We commit our strength to you so that our unconditional loving efforts against the sin of racism will not fail.
Every person is a person of worth created in the image of God to live and to love (Genesis 1:27). Our God has a plan for every life. A plan to take care of you and not to abandon you. A plan to give you a future for which you hope (Jeremiah 29:11 paraphrased).
We believe all people are one in Christ (Romans 12:5), and we share a deep desire and commitment to learning a new language of love for one another as we stand up for justice and lasting reconciliation.
We cannot be silent during this time. We speak out for peace among all people. We stand up for non-violent justice. We sit in community with one another. We kneel in prayer together. Maranatha! (Come Lord Jesus!)