Doing justice. Loving mercy. Walking humbly.
Black Lives Matter to God and to Us
As a community of faith, we affirm the inherent dignity and worth of each person, regardless of background, as created and beloved children of God. We believe that beyond mattering, black lives inspire, uplift, bring beauty, spread wisdom, and make the world an infinitely more wonderful place.
However, the society in which we live does not accord equal worth to each person. Racism, anti-blackness, and its violent and discriminatory fruit in our society have been well documented.
Throughout its history the church has been called upon to specifically affirm the dignity of persons whose lives are threatened by adversity and societal sin. When systemic racism, implicit bias, and notable incidents of violence put into question whether our society truly values black lives, our congregation believes it is important to affirm the particular dignity, beauty, gifts, and worth of black people. Thus, we make a public witness that black lives matter.
Our statement that “Black Lives Matter to God and to Us” is not an endorsement of the national Black Lives Matter organization. That organization—and its local affiliates—do express core values that resonate with Christian values, including empathy, the necessity of family-friendly spaces, and intergenerational cooperation. But it also advocates for a range of policies on contentious issues about which Session has not and will not take a position. Thus, our banner is not an organizational endorsement but is WPC’s affirmation that the lives of black people matter to God and to us.
Being a Matthew 25 Church
Matthew 25:31-46 calls us to actively engage in our community and the world around us. Along with many other congregations of the Presbyterian Church (USA), we pledge to act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned or poor. We will do this by embracing these areas of focus:
Welcoming All People @ WPC
Confident in God’s hopeful future and grateful for the ever-widening welcome of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Covenant Network of Presbyterians seeks an equity still not fully realized for LGBTQIA+ people in church and society, by
The Covenant Network of Presbyterians calls the church to bear a unified witness to generous hospitality and faithful justice.