UPC statement re: Anti-Racism and Justice

 

     We, the community of University Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles, unite our voice with all those who denounce and deplore the brutal and needless killing of George Floyd by the police in Minneapolis. We affirm that this is another incident in a long and consistent history of violence and injustice perpetrated against our black brothers and sisters. We stand in solidarity with the black community in their demands for both justice and police reform. We share their conviction that we, as a society, as fellow human beings, can and must do better.

 

     We acknowledge that the recent actions of police across our nation that have been brought to the attention of the public are symbolic of a broad and repeating pattern of behavior that cannot continue. The punishments are not in line with the accusations, nor are they administered with any attempt at due process. We call on our civil and law enforcement leaders to work together to discover and break down the structures, systems and beliefs that empower a culture of aggression, escalation, and targeting in order to bring about meaningful, lasting healing and reformation.

 

     As a faith community, we confess our need for help, wisdom, and discernment from God. The Church must find a way forward in standing against the sin of racism and the fruits that it produces. We pray that we may become conduits of God’s love and grace in our broken world. Along with our Lord, we kneel and say, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

 

“He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of His people He will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken”  –  Isaiah 25:8

 

Below are helpful resources that the UPC staff recommend:

Grace, Justice, & Mercy: An Evening with Bryan Stevenson & Rev. Tim Keller

Become the Bridge l Elevation Church

LA Times: A very abbreviated history of police officers killing black people

UPC statement re: Anti-Racism and Justice

     We, the community of University Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles, unite our voice with all those who denounce and deplore the brutal and needless killing of George Floyd by the police in Minneapolis. We affirm that this is another incident in a long and consistent history of violence and injustice perpetrated against our black brothers and sisters. We stand in solidarity with the black community in their demands for both justice and police reform. We share their conviction that we, as a society, as fellow human beings, can and must do better.

 

     We acknowledge that the recent actions of police across our nation that have been brought to the attention of the public are symbolic of a broad and repeating pattern of behavior that cannot continue. The punishments are not in line with the accusations, nor are they administered with any attempt at due process. We call on our civil and law enforcement leaders to work together to discover and break down the structures, systems and beliefs that empower a culture of aggression, escalation, and targeting in order to bring about meaningful, lasting healing and reformation.

 

     As a faith community, we confess our need for help, wisdom, and discernment from God. The Church must find a way forward in standing against the sin of racism and the fruits that it produces. We pray that we may become conduits of God’s love and grace in our broken world. Along with our Lord, we kneel and say, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

 

“He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of His people He will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken”  –  Isaiah 25:8

 

Below are helpful resources that the UPC staff recommend:

Grace, Justice, & Mercy: An Evening with Bryan Stevenson & Rev. Tim Keller

Become the Bridge l Elevation Church

LA Times: A ver abbreviated history of police officers killing black people

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