We stand with God against
senseless killing of any kind.
We stand with God for our African American brothers and sisters.
These words cannot convey an adequate response to the senseless killing of George Floyd, to his family, and to our African American brothers and sisters. But there is a Word that gives hope: Jesus, the Word of Life. Micah 6:8 has been on a lot of our minds: the Lord requires us to live out justice, kindness, and humility. Therefore, we must repent (2 Corinthians 7:10), ask for forgiveness (Matthew 5:23-24), and be about the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:16-21). This is not just our work; the Lord is about this. Micah 4:1-4 says that it is the Lord who will bring peace among the nations and that in that day no one will be afraid.
PBC’s leadership has started conversations about how we can better live this out. To start, we’ve pointed to a few resources below to better equip us. This is the time to listen, to learn and to take every thought captive to obey Christ so that we can live out justice, kindness and humility.
This list is by no means complete list. We also acknowledge that you may not agree with all of the views expressed by these resources. Our goal is to provide ways for us as a body to get more informed and start conversations about these complex issues. Over the course of the next few weeks and months, this resource list will grow as we continue to lean into these topics.
Stronger Together Prayer Vigil for Racial Justice May 22 | 4pm | Palo Alto City Hall
As followers of Jesus Christ, we believe that we must stand together in unity and in prayer against racial injustice and xenophobia in our land. In the past year, the horrific murder of our brother George Floyd brought an awakening to the Church and to believers across denominations, ethnicities and Christian communities. The surge in Asian hate crimes further made clear that together we must continue to fight and pray against division and violence. As we approach the 1 year anniversary of George Floyd’s death, we respond to the Holy Spirit’s invitation to lament, confess, and intercede for racial justice and safety for all people in the Silicon Valley and in our country. Sponsoring partners.
Racism & the Gospel Discussion April 17 | 7-9pm | Zoom Event
Part 2 of Pursuing Christ through Racial justice will look at Racial Justice through the lens of God’s eyes and his expectations of Christians. PBC Pastor Jeff Louie and Kaloma Smith, pastor of University AME Zion Church, will be leading us in a theological discussion of racism and the gospel. This event will be held on Zoom.
“Before They Die” Documentary Screening April 10 | 7-9pm | Facebook Event
April 10, from 7–9pm, begins our two-part Pursuing Christ through Racial Justice event. Part 1 is the online screening of the documentary film “Before They Die” that chronicles the aftermath of events of the 1921 Tulsa Massacre through the lens of survivors. Reggie Turner, the documentary’s creator and director, will answer questions and offer personal insights. This event will be livestreamed on PBC’s Facebook page and YouTube.
“Racial Justice Through the Church” a Transforming The Bay With Christ (TBC)
Disunity in Christ by Christena Cleveland
“Unity in the Midst of Diversity“ lecture on understanding race and the church with Christena Cleveland. (click on link to start)
Divided by Faith by Michael Emerson and Christian Smith
Jeff Louie Mini-Sermon Series: Racism and Christ
PBC Worship Services
May 31 (prayer/reflection at 25:35)
June 7 (interview at 22:22 and “Our Shared Life” sermon at 32:43)
June 14 (“Set Apart in Unity” sermon at 33:59)