Statement on Racism

Statement on Racism

The Clergy and Session of Second Presbyterian share in the collective grief and anguish at the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and other victims of racial violence. We stand united against individual and systemic racism, discrimination and brutality. As followers of Christ, we are called to advocate for those who are marginalized and treated unjustly.

God created each of us in God’s image, therefore WE believe that Black Lives Matter.

Jesus taught the foundation of the law and the prophets was to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself. He makes clear that everyone is our neighbor; therefore, WE stand against racism and hate.

Jesus transformed the lives of those he encountered, therefore, WE commit ourselves to making meaningful change in ourselves, our church, our community and our nation.

Words matter but need actions to come to life. We recommend these three actions as a starting point:

Book club selection focused on white privilege (White Fragility: Why It’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, or How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi)
Charter a group to research and educate our congregation on the history of Baltimore and our church including elements of racial injustice
Support the Peace and Justice committee as we begin work on our second focus area of Anti-Racism.