A Statement on Anti-Racism
We, the Consistory of Boehm’s United Church of Christ, have covenanted to extend extravagant welcome to people of all abilities, ages, backgrounds, gender identities and expressions, races, and sexual orientations. We have covenanted to invite all to participate fully in the life, leadership, and ministry of this community of faith*. However, we recognize that our church and our denomination are predominately white. We recognize that Sunday morning is still the ‘most segregated hour in Christian America’ today as it was 60 years ago when the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke those words. And we recognize that we have had the prerogative to avoid uncomfortable conversations regarding racism, black history and white supremacy. Until now.
Heartbreaking events this year have opened our eyes anew to the racial injustices faced daily by our siblings of color. We hear that persons of brown and black skin are exhausted by decades and centuries of differential treatment and the racism that is embedded in our society. Our siblings have fought for generations and continue to fight for justice, for equal treatment under the law, and for freedom from discrimination in housing, voting rights, education, job opportunities and health care. We fear they cannot breathe. We see that there is even a disproportionate number of deaths within the community of color compared to the white community.
It is true that every life matters. We know that each and every one of us is a beloved child of God. We know that Jesus comes to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, and to let the oppressed go free (Luke 4:16-19). We know that we are called to love one another and to love justly. Because of the unquestionable differences in how our siblings of color are treated, we, as Christians and as a community of faith, must speak out now saying specifically that their lives matter. Black lives matter.
We pray for guidance and courage as we work together to discern our role in standing for justice for those at the margins of our society and to build a strong anti-racist commitment in our church.
- Micah 6:8
*Please see our Open and Affirming Statement.
OPEN AND AFFIRMING STATEMENT
We, the members and friends of Boehm’s United Church of Christ, covenant to welcome all as an Open and Affirming (ONA) congregation. Becoming an ONA church in the United Church of Christ means that we promise to publicly welcome, advocate for, and create a safe space for LGBTQIA+ people of faith and questioning youth. Honoring the rich history of our denomination, as a church founded by John Philip Boehm in 1740, we move forward to love as God loves:
“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you should also love one another.” - John 13:34
Therefore we are called to bear witness that each person, in all of our amazing diversity, is a beloved child of God. We welcome people of all abilities, ages, backgrounds, gender identities and expressions, races, and sexual orientations. We invite all to participate fully in the life, leadership, and ministry of this community of faith. With God’s grace we strive to welcome, celebrate, affirm and create a safe place for all.
“No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!”
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