Is this not the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? - Isaiah 58:6-7

As a nation, we’ve been fighting racism for far too long, and we still have a long way to go. As a church, we’re committed to anti-racism, because Scripture requires it of us. These resources are a way for us to further educate ourselves and grow in our pursuit of justice for all.

Conversations

And Justice For All Panel Discussion
Discussion with Jua Robsinson
Discussion with Andre Henry and Nikki Toyama-Szeto 
A Pastoral Response to Anti-Asian Violence

So Jesus is reminding us of this and warning us that the system may be working well for you, but it's not working well for everyone. And that we should pay attention because God's paying attention to all these inequities. And seems to me that's one of the things that people of color are asking these days is simply that we would pay attention, that we would recognize these inequities, that we would lament and mourn over them. And and be eager for something to be done.
- Pastor Bryan

Resources

Books

Articles & Special Reports

Resources For Kids

Click on any book cover to read along with a video of these wonderful resources. 

Denouncing Racism In All Its Forms

Once again we find ourselves drawn together by grief, shock, pain, anger, and even despair over incidents of social and racial injustice in our nation.  We’ve had to do this too many times this past year.  Last year it was in response to violence against African American people, and now we find ourselves doing so in response to violence against members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.   As troubling as these things are for all of us, they are especially painful and frightening for friends of color in our congregation and community.   

The leadership and congregation of Grace Chapel denounce every form of hate, harassment, discrimination, and violence against any person or people group because of their race, ethnicity, orientation, abilities, or gender.  We believe that every human being is made equally in the image of God, and is worthy of dignity, respect, and freedom to pursue their potential to the glory of God. 

And we believe the work of the church includes the proclamation and pursuit of that justice and equity for all people. As a church, we’ve made a commitment to the work racial healing, justice, and reconciliation, and will continue to pursue that work with diligence and intentionality in the days to come.

As brothers and sisters in Christ, and as representatives of Christ in the world, let us listen, learn, lament, repent, and work toward better days.  And in these painful moments, may we simply be “with” each other, standing in solidarity with those in our midst who are hurting and vulnerable, especially today in the AAPI community. 

Read Our Last Anti-Racism Statement (June 25, 2020)

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