Response to Racism
The Therefore Project
I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2)
At its September meeting, the Session adopted a proposal to begin a new process for continuing our response to racism called The Therefore Project. The Session will set up a special committee of Session and congregation members to take inventory of our past and present as a congregation concerning racial issues. They will discern, consider, and propose changes concerning any aspects of our life as a congregation that would seek to provide constructive movement toward the ideals that every human being is created “in the image of God,” and that would seek to respect and perhaps strengthen the diversity of viewpoints and perspectives within the Session or congregation.
In addition, as a church, we continue to encourage and celebrate the many individuals in the congregation who seek to alleviate racial injustice in ways visible and invisible, public and private.
On October 28, the Session appointed two Co-Chairs for the Therefore Committee: Whit Ayres and Anne Ledyard. Whit has served as an elder in three Presbyterian Churches prior to joining Westminster; Anne has served on the Session at Westminster. They will be meeting with Pastor Larry Hayward and developing a work plan for the committee. The nominating committee for the Therefore Project – Mary Filicetti, Sue Aland, and Tim Shaw – will continue the process of identifying and recruiting members for this committee to present to Session for approval.