In more than 300 verses through the Old and New Testament scriptures, it is clear that our call to be followers of God includes dismantling systems of oppression. Freedom for all people is at the very center of God’s love for all of creation, and we are to be part of this work.
Statement of Anti-Racism
Highlands Church absolutely and unequivocally denounces the brutal murder of George Floyd, and the countless other black and brown men and women who have been victims of racialized violence over the history of our country. The loss of life is cause for deep lament, and we as a faith community stand in solidarity with those who have lost loved ones, with those who are seeking justice, and with those who are advocating for drastic and overdue change. This is consistent with the God revealed in our holy text, who in both the Jewish and New Testament scriptures disrupted established institutions for the sake of justice.
Our starting point in the story of God is that all humans were created in love and for love. There is no hierarchy of value for a human life. But when dehumanization occurs, especially in the form of violence, we must turn again to Christ, who taught us that what we do to the most vulnerable, we have also done unto him. And we must ask for guidance from the Spirit as we critically examine ourselves, our institutions, our beliefs, and our practices which retain and perpetuate expressions of violence against non-white bodies.
For more than ten years, Highlands Church has sought to answer the call to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God. We will continue to take care of those who are harmed by unjust systems. We will insist on fairness for all people. We will remain loyal to those who have no voice. We will oppose authority when those in charge abuse their power. We will hold sacred the bodies of black and brown women and men. We will work for justice until there is true liberty for all.
This is an essential part of our work as followers of the One who came and suffered in solidarity with the oppressed and marginalized, and who gave as the most important of all the commands: to love God, love our neighbors, and love ourselves.
Unpacking Privilege & Racism Learning Cohorts
In more than 300 verses through the Old and New Testament scriptures, it is clear that our call to be followers of God includes dismantling systems of oppression. Freedom for all people is at the very center of God’s love for all of creation, and we are to be part of this work. Join our next 5-week cohort, taking a deeper dive into the complexities and realities of racism, and its partner privilege. Together, through readings, watching videos, personal reflection, and group dialogue, we will learn more about our history, begin to unpack how it has affected each of us, and start to develop the skills to be allies in the work of dismantling racism in America, in our churches, and in ourselves.
Our next cohort will start in 2021.