As a community of faith, we begin in confession. As a community in the Christian tradition, that confession needs to begin with acknowledging the pain we have caused historically disenfranchised peoples by our complicity in acts of exclusion, indifference, and silence.
If we plan to be the community God envisions in Christ – where there is “neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ” (Galatians 3:28) – we need to work at becoming a community that does not “other” the children of God based on race, language, financial status, sexual identity, or any other assumed identifiable Christian characteristics.
We will work to become a better representation of God’s love and grace. We pray that you will walk with us, journeying to that better witness.