UPDATE June 25th:
We have been eagerly reading, watching and studying to learn and grow in our knowledge and compassion in the area of Social Injustice, specifically with the black and Native communities. We had a diversity night celebrating Juneteenth and will be having more diversity nights in the near future. Please continue to pray that the church can uphold the standard of Jesus and love one another deeply and that our world can be different as a result of the love and compassion of the church. God bless.
GACC June 3, 2020
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.
Our nation is in a state of shock and disbelief. Seeing the video showing the taking of George Floyd’s life by police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis on Monday May 25th, along with the unjust murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and other events like these, have sickened, enraged, saddened, and wounded us as a community. We are sorry beyond words for the deep, searing, disorienting pain many of you feel. We know you hurt, and want you to know that we hurt with you.
We are seeking God’s wisdom and desperately listening for His voice as to how we should best minister to you all, speak out against the evils of racism and irresponsible police brutality in our country, be a light and positive force for change as a church to help rid our nation of this national shame and abhorrent sin, and respond “in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ,” as Paul urged the church in Philippi to do.
We recognize that many of you have experienced injustices of all kinds, and that there are many other wrongs that need to be spoken against and righted. Leaders in our churches nationally and regionally are focused on this issue and endeavoring to meet this moment in a Spirit-led way. Our diversity as a church is one of the greatest evidences to the grace of God among us. Our vision for our church is to be a safe place where hurting people can go as well as a place where all can learn and grow.
Though we are far richer for the differences we all bring to the table and blend together, the primary way we identify ourselves is not by race, gender, education, politics or economic status. We are first and essentially followers of our king, Jesus. Please pray for us and know that we are praying for you and love you deeply.
In Christ’s love,
Josh and Stacy Peterson & GACC Staff