A Statement from the Elders on Black Lives Matter
As a multi-ethnic church, we recognize that we are called to different work depending on our proximity to white privilege and the deeply embedded structures of racism that have shaped our country since the beginning. Yet we join together as Christians in one voice to lament the murders of George Floyd, Amhaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, and many others whose names we know and do not know.
In this national moment we say yet again what should be obvious to all Christians and people of good will: Black Lives Matter. We have stood for racial justice since our church was founded twenty years ago because the Jesus we know is always in solidarity with those who experience oppression and injustice.
Yet we confess that we have not lived up to our values and statements and ideals. In the words of the old liturgy, “We have sinned by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.” We have been too complacent and too complicit. We hear in this moment a call from God to renew our commitment.
Talk is cheap and offering one more statement is easy. Yet as the protest signs say, “silence is violence,” so we offer these heartfelt words, as inadequate as they are. We know that these words will only resonate if our collective action makes them ring true. Church Without Walls has got gospel work to do.