As a member of the Glocal Family of Churches, TRC stands in unity with our brothers and sisters in this declaration. Thanks to my brothers who penned this document that speaks of us well and is dripping with the gospel of the kingdom. Please read below:
A Declaration In Support of Multi-Ethnic Churches & Racial Healing Presented by
The Glocal Family of Churches
Over the last several years, a number of public events have taken place across our nation, highlighting the racial divide still haunting many of our cities. These events have sparked protests, riots, divisive social discourse, and a spirit of anger among many of our citizens.
In light of these events, the Glocal family of churches publicly declares that these events will not divide our congregations. As pastors, we stand in our pulpits this morning—Asian, White, Black and Latino—proclaiming that we are one in the Holy Spirit, we are all made in the image of God, and we all carry equal worth and value.
Jesus prayed for the unity of His church. In fact, He proclaimed the identifying mark of His divinity and our relationship as His children would be our unity in Him and our love for one another (John 13:35, John 17:21). He did not suggest this unity would happen simply through preaching or programs, but that it would come as we intentionally live and worship together as one.
Unfortunately, only 14% of churches in America are multi-ethnic. By choosing to be mono-ethnic, many churches lose credibility on this divisive issue, even though we unquestionably have the answer.
We declare: This answer is the good news of Jesus. By his incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection, God made a way for all people to live in relationship with Him. There is no division among people who have experienced this gracious love.
We further declare: The witness of the church is made credible when we choose to exist as multi-ethnic churches that seek justice for all, radically loving all people. We believe that the church must rise during this time in history by living and worshipping together as one, being unified in our ethnic and cultural diversity. By doing so, we display the Kingdom of Heaven.
We further declare: We will strive not only to live as multi-ethnic churches, but also as churches who strive for justice, strive to celebrate and integrate all ethnicities and cultures, and strive to stand with the oppressed and broken. We do so with the hope that Jesus will be glorified so that the world will see that He is the Son of God, the hope of all people.