Central Presbyterian Church of Atlanta emphatically affirms that Black lives matter. We are pained and outraged at the recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, David McAtee and countless others before them. We understand that these events are occurring against the backdrop of a global pandemic and economic and political uncertainty, all of which disproportionately affect Black, Brown, Indigenous people and returning citizens.
We believe White supremacy is a violent pathology that is destructive to society and a sin that is incompatible with the kingdom of God. This continues to be evident when Black demonstrators are met with state-sanctioned violence.
We believe that God desires full equity among God’s children and unrestricted participation in community life. We recognize that the church is imperfect and that Scripture has been misused to justify White supremacy and Racism.
We acknowledge structural Racism in society limits the expression of the full spectrum of God. God’s completeness in church and in society will only be achieved when people of all colors can respect and trust each other as equals.
We proclaim that the Bible presents an insistent witness to God’s love for diversity and justice as heard in the words of prophets who reject oppression; seen in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ; and experienced through the work of the Holy Spirit, who consistently blows through human divisions to reveal God’s love for humanity.
We believe we must dismantle Racism if we are to reflect the kingdom of Heaven on Earth. We do not expect this to be easy. Standing with our Black congregants and community requires us to match our words with bold and fearless actions. Therefore, we commit ourselves to,
● Engage in deep reflection of our own history and complicity.
● Direct more of our resources toward supporting racial justice initiatives.
● Form meaningful partnerships with Anti-Racism organizations.
● Advocate for changes in discriminatory public policies.
We seek to grow in solidarity with people seeking justice and fighting Racism, we share the burden of grief and anger, and we desire a more perfect society that treats people with dignity. Central Presbyterian Church loves and serves the city of Atlanta. We bear its daily stress; we cry for peace and justice.