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.
As people of faith we are called to engage, support, and witness to unity and justice for all people. As ongoing events reveal a continual need to justice around issues of race and civil rights, here are some resources to learn, engage, and participate in public witness. If you have other resources to suggest and add, please email Associate Pastor Matt Nickel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Reading List for America – Offered by New York City Public Library.
Black Lives Matter (Louisville) – The local chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement hosts vigils and Stand Up Sundays, which are events held every Sunday at 3:00 pm to talk, plan, and Turn Pain into Power about the current movement surrounding #BlackLivesMatter and police repression.
Showing Up for Racial Justice (Louisville) – SURJ organizes local rallies and opportunities for public witness to organize white people for racial justice. Find the Louisville chapter’s events on Facebook or the national organization at their website: http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org.
The Root – This is a sources for news, opinion and culture site from African-American influencers. Founded in 2008, under the leadership of Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., The Root provides smart, timely coverage of breaking news, thought-provoking commentary and gives voice to a changing, more diverse America. Visit us at www.theroot.com, on Twitter @theroot and on Facebook.
Forward Radio – A Louisville community radio station that used radio media for the transformation of society. Listen online or at 106.5FM in the city.
Parents for Social Justice (Louisville) – This group on Facebook engages issues around social justice and how to educate our families and children around issues. Find the group on Facebook.