“The end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the Beloved Community. It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opponents into friends. It is this type of understanding goodwill that will transform the deep gloom of the old age into the exuberant gladness of the new age. It is this love which will bring about miracles in the hearts of men.”
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1957
Throughout scripture and history, God has called God’s people to participate in the creation of the Beloved Community, breaking down barriers, seeking justice, and transforming hearts and systems.
Our vision is that all members and friends of the congregation—of all racial identities—respond to the Gospel’s call to actively engage in racial justice. We endeavor to consider how race, racism, and racial justice are enacted both inside the church and within the larger society. And, in response to God’s love, to consider the ways that we, as people of faith—individually and as a collective—can “love our neighbor,” across racial lines in both interpersonal and systemic ways.
Join First Pres as we continue to explore God’s Beloved Community and our call to share in its creation in our own context and communities.
For more information, please contact us at email@example.com.
Friday, October 25–Saturday, October 26, Sanctuary
Rev. Sandhya Jha, Executive Director of the Oakland Peace Center and 2018 First Pres Summer Colloquium speaker, will discuss race and racism, how racism manifests in ourselves and our communities, and how we can live in a way that is actively anti-racist as people of faith. For information about the Racial Justice working group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org