I can’t help but wonder if the Spirit is working up to a hurricane right about now. If she is honking to get our attention, trying to...
Black lives matter. Full stop. As Christians, we are always called to stand with the oppressed, and the oppression of black and brown people in this country is undeniable. St. Peter’s stands with those who are organizing and advocating for this truth to become a reality in our country, by changing hearts, yes, and also by changing policies.
As white Christians, we must name that we are called to stand with the oppressed and, yet, by being white, we are, by default, a part of the system of the oppressor. As white people, we recognize we benefit from white supremacy, whether we want to or not – whether we realize it or not. By default we are the oppressor. But it does not have to stay that way. It is our work to dismantle this sinful system.
As your clergy, we are making a public commitment to put in the work to transform from part of the problem to part of the change – to be actively anti-racist. We believe all Christians must work to dismantle white supremacy. It is not a special interest issue. It is not an option. It is the Gospel.
In 1967, The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. warned, “So often the contemporary church is a weak ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. So often is it an arch defender of the status quo…But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before. If today’s church does not recapture the spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth [and I would add the twenty-first] century.”
His words are still hauntingly true. There is no doubt in our minds where Jesus would have spent his time, if he were walking the streets of America today. His eyes would be swollen and red from tear gas; the news would be calling him a rioter and a looter. The Church stands at a fork in the road – will we follow this Jesus? I fear if we do not, we will cease to be the Living Body of Christ.
Click here for a list of books, organizations to support, and actions to take. I am grateful to each of you for showing up and being willing to do this critical, Gospel work. ~ Rev. Claire Nevin-Field
Here we seek to share sermons that address racism and equality, upcoming events, and a brief history that looks at racism in St. Peter’s past.