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.
From the very beginning of the MLK Day of Service commemoration in Lexington, Grace Chapel has been at the forefront of our effort to serve those less fortunate. From hosting charitable activities, our Community Conversation on Race, and annual donations that provide for thousands of needy people, Grace Chapel has facilitated our fight for social justice in the legacy of Dr. King.
Thank you Grace Chapel.
- Sam Sales, President of the Lexington MLK Committee