A Word from the Pastor

Every two years the highest council of our church, the General Assembly, meets.  Due to the pandemic, they didn’t meet in Baltimore this summer bur rather met via Zoom.  One item that the Assembly passed was a call to action entitled, “On the Church in This Moment in History: Responding to the Sin of Racism and a Call to Action.”  I encourage you to read the statement which can be found here.  This action taken by the General Assembly calls us as Presbyterians “to personal and corporate repentance for the role that we as individuals and as a predominately White-dominated church  have played in history  and continue to perpetuate today, even if unknowingly, in systemic racism”.  It invites us to be silent no longer in the face of racism on federal, state and local levels as it encourages us to listen and respond to voice of people who have been long silenced. Through this action, our denomination has pledged to join hands and hearts with our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) siblings to actively confront and dismantle systemic racism in our church and in society at large, and to work for a more just, merciful, and peaceful country that allows all of God’s children to flourish.”  May we heed this call to action at Red Clay!