We affirm that Black Lives Matter. When police shootings and mass incarceration affect people of color disproportionately, we remember that Jesus prioritized relationships with society’s marginalized, enacted a realm of radical inclusion (called the “kingdom of God”), and himself died a violent death, executed by the Roman state. First Church has been involved in stand-outs for racial justice, book groups, racial justice preaching and worship service themes, and opportunities to engage our own community’s majority “whiteness.”
First Church and Greylock together are holding weekly Friday vigils through the November 2020 election.
In August 2020 our Church signed the Not in Our County Pledge. (https://firstchurchwilliamstown.org/not-in-our-county-pledge)
Many in our church—maybe including you—are deeply disturbed by the recently aired allegations of racial, anti-Semitic and sexual misconduct by town officials and have been following the Select Board and DIRE Committee discussions, coming to understand how complex it is to try to undo cultures and systems of oppression. As a Church, we are already taking some actions in our community to uphold fairness and justice for all. But what more can we do to ensure that every visitor and
resident feels welcome, safe, and respected? How can the Pledge reinforce our faith, deepen our understanding of systemic racism, and help us to take right action in our own relationships and community?