Anti-Racism Policy and Belief Statement
As we enter Black History Month, TSP remains committed to principles of anti-racism, and we hold victims of racism in our prayers.
TSP Anti-Racism Belief Statement
We believe that:
• all persons are equal before God.
• the miracle of God’s creation is manifested through our many differences.
• racism is a sin and violates God’s desire for humanity.
• racism is a rejection of the teachings of Jesus Christ.
• racism is present in church and society, including TSP, and that throughout time racism has manifested itself in many forms in varying degrees.
• racism is a violation of human rights. It robs all human beings of their wholeness and is used as justification for economic, social, political and spiritual exploitation.
• change is possible through a process of truth-telling, repentance, and justice-making which leads to transformation.
• work for justice is central to our Christian faith and practice.
• just relationships must be reflected in the laws, policies, structures, and practices of both church and society.
The United Church’s Anti-racism Policy.
We believe we are all equal before God.
We believe racism is a sin and violates God’s desire for humanity.
We believe racism is present in our society and in our church, and throughout time has manifested itself in many forms in varying degrees.
We believe that the struggle against racism is a continuous effort. Therefore our anti-racism policy statement is only a first step. It provides the basis for the creation of a church where all are welcome, where all feel welcome, and where diversity is as natural as breathing.
We believe change is possible. We believe in forgiveness, reconciliation, and transformation and the potential to learn from stories and experiences.
We believe we are all called to work against racism and for a society in which the words of the Gospel are realized among us.
We believe in a vision of society in which these words of the Gospel are realized:
“It is through faith that all of you are God’s [people] in union with Christ Jesus. You were baptized into union with Christ, and now you are clothed, so to speak, with the life of Christ… So there is no difference between Jews and Gentiles, between slaves and free people, between men and women; you are all one in union with Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:26–28)