The undersigned, being all members of the Session of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, after prayer and deliberation, adopted the following statement:
Our society has splintered under the weight of systematic oppression. Not a day goes by that we don’t see evidence of the pain and suffering caused by the consequences of our country’s unresolved past. For too long we have not done enough to bring justice to the truth that Black lives matter.
The Session of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas is resolute in our commitment to end racism. We will learn the underlying and complex issues that have deprived Black communities of hope, freedom and, too often, life. For guidance, we will engage with leaders and organizations that have confronted these inequities longer than we have. We will look internally and consider intensely.
We will pray with humility and act decisively, clinging to the grace of God in Jesus Christ.
We have long advocated for social justice. We will display the same faithfulness and commitment to racial justice, as we work to end racism and move toward reconciliation.
The statement is a first step - reflecting the Session's desire to seek unity of purpose in the work of the church and in our fellowship. Forthcoming steps involve action, as the statement itself provides. Specific ideas for action, as the Holy Spirit may lead you to form and bring forth, are welcome and appreciated.
Please send ideas to Amy Aamold, Clerk of Session, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rebecca Chancellor Sicks
Julius Zsohar III