The Session of Highland Presbyterian Church drafted this statement in response to the violence, bigotry and hate on display in Charlottesville and other parts of the country during the past weeks. The statement draws on the mission statement of Highland Presbyterian Church that guides the vision of our congregation. The Session unanimously approved the statement at a special called meeting on the morning of August 20, 2017.
We are a church committed to sharing hope. We affirm that God created us all as part of a good creation. Anchored in this belief, we fundamentally reject the purpose, ideologies, rhetoric, and actions of racism, white supremacy, neo-Naziism, and hate that seek to diminish or repress the rights and personhood of others. Violence and bigotry defy the teachings of Jesus and spurn our Creator’s design. We are called to work for justice and to affirm the dignity of all of God’s people. We are called to guide our children, support our neighbors, comfort the troubled, soothe the suffering, and bless the dying. We eagerly join hands with others to share in this good work and in the hope of God’s love for all of creation.