Our hearts are heavy as we continue to witness injustice towards our Black brothers and sisters.
The Pacific Conference stands with the Black community.
In all of our interactions we will listen with compassion and act with integrity. We believe the good news that all people are made in the image of God, loved by God, and welcomed as equal within God’s family. We commit to honor and include people from all races, cultures, and ethnicities within our churches and communities. The current situation demands our concern be with and our efforts be for the Black community.
We are united in our commitment to stand against racism in all its forms, and we call upon others to do the same.
These are unprecedented times. If there was ever a time to live our faith, it is now. This is a call to love lavishly by limiting our freedoms; to care for the least of these by providing for those in need, by checking on neighbors and friends; to live out the gospel as we act in faith, not fear. The fluidity of our present circumstance reminds us of the unchanging nature of the God we serve. So let's do this, church. Let's be wise in our actions, willing in our service, and worshipful in our attitude.
The Conference Office is closed and our staff is working remotely. We are beginning to hold face-to-face meetings, within the limitations set by governing authorities, as group size allows.
Father, we seek Your wisdom daily. Be with people making decisions that affect the lives and futures of our families, communities, countries, and the wider world. We pray that they communicate clearly, truthfully, and calmly — with each other and with the public — and that their messages are received and heeded. May truth and empathy be the touchstones of people setting policies for our protection.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. —James 1:5 (NIV)
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