Doing justice. Loving mercy. Walking humbly.
We proclaim with this banner the theological truth that black lives matter to God. We are all God’s children, loved and celebrated by God. The image of God is planted deep within every person, people, and race. Through this banner, we also prayerfully point to the work that we must do as a church, as individuals, and as a society so that, according to God’s vision, a day will come when every life—already valued and beloved by God—will be equally valued by all of God’s children.
...and to us
This all-embracing love of God is what we seek to proclaim in our world. Our mission statement declares that “…we welcome all with open arms.” Our bulletin each week proclaims that all are welcome “…no matter…what you look like.” And our session has voted to be a Matthew 25 congregation within the PCUSA, which includes the commitment to “Dismantling Structural Racism by fearlessly applying our faith to advocate and break down the systems, practices and thinking that underlie discrimination, bias, prejudice and oppression of people of color.”
We want those who see us either on-line, or passing by on Willow and Hibbard, but do not know us — who have never set foot in our building, joined us in worship, or participated in our programing — to know who we are and what we believe and value. We want them to know without a doubt that black lives matter to us.
Our banner signals solidarity with victims of racism, particularly African Americans, and that we recognize the systemic racism still afflicting our body politic. It acknowledges the validity of the pain and anger that have been expressed in the demonstrations resulting from yet another killing of an unarmed African American by a police officer.
Naming that black lives matter to us is also our public commitment to intensify our congregational work of anti-racism, to recommit ourselves to ministries of healing, reconciliation, justice, and peace, so that all of God’s children might flourish.
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.