Dear Friends,

If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”    –1 Cor. 12: 26-27

During the past few months, as we have experienced a pandemic, we have been reminded just how interconnected we are.  During the last few weeks, following the death of George Floyd, we have been reminded in yet another way of our interconnectedness; how our actions and our inactions have real effects in the lives of others.  

It is the collective desire of our Session, and by extension our church, to speak out against racism and injustice, and to prayerfully consider how we might serve as agents of God’s peace, love, and justice.

As a first step in this process, we must admit we have work to do, listening and learning from voices and perspectives that may be different from our own.  Therefore, we are inviting you to participate in this “Racial Equity Challenge.”  Through this challenge we hope to:

  • Deepen our understanding of race and racism in our society and its effects on individuals of color
  • Broaden our own perspective by listening to viewpoints and experiences that may be different from our own
  • Reflect on these new learnings with others as we work to truly understand these perspectives

This challenge has been adapted from similar challenges such as Myer’s Park Presbyterian Church’s “21-day Race Equity Challenge” as well as others.  Our congregation will engage in this work alongside several different churches in our Presbytery.  After this initial period, we anticipate joining together with these congregations to discuss further learnings and possible actions. We are grateful for all participating churches which include:

  • Alamance Presbyterian Church, Greensboro NC
  • First Presbyterian Church, Boone NC
  • Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church, Blowing Rock NC
  • Sedgefield Presbyterian Church
  • Starmount Presbyterian Church, Greensboro NC
  • UKirk Campus Ministries – Greensboro NC
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Greensboro NC
  • Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church, Greensboro NC

Other churches and individuals are invited to join us or adapt this list for their purposes.

After the initial period of 21 days, participating churches will then join together to engage in further discussion and also to bring in outside speakers, engage in panel discussions, and seek partnerships with a diverse range of communities of faith.

In Christ,
Charlie Lee