We are called to be God's prophets,
Speaking for the truth and right;
Standing firm for godly justice,
Bringing evil into light.
Let us seek the courage needed,
Our high calling to fulfill,
That we all may know the blessing
Of the doing of God's will.
Verse 3, "We Are Called to Be God's People," James Gilbert
As our country and community begin to examine more deeply racial injustice and inequity, Covenant has an important opportunity to become more introspective in our own faith community. To help in this undertaking, the Planning & Evaluation Board ("P&E") has developed a Framework for Covenant's Response
. The Framework is not meant to be all inclusive. Rather, it is meant to serve as a guide for us in our Christian response to racial injustice and racism.
Each Covenant Ministry is proposing at least three actions the Ministry will take to contribute to our church's response. Those actions are meant to be measurable and they will be conveyed to Session and the congregation in the near future.
Part of the Framework involves the appointment of a P&E task force to look specifically at art representations throughout our campus which can be seen as supportive of racial injustice or racism and to research the reasons for their inclusion in our buildings. The task force will report its findings to P&E which will report to, and make recommendations to, the Session.
By taking a comprehensive approach to identifying any racial inequities or racial injustices within the practices and structures of our church community, we believe we will be responding in an honest way to Jesus' teachings to love God and love neighbor. And, we trust these undertakings will deepen our own faith, both collectively and individually.
While the journey will not be easy or comfortable, it is the right course to take. We ask for your prayers and support.
Jerry W. Jernigan
Chair of P&E
Vice Chair of P&E, Chair of the Task Force