We believe that brown and black lives matter. In the face of ongoing persecution and lynching, God stands in solidarity with them. As Christians, we sing with Mary that our “Lord has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly” (Luke 1:52). As followers of Jesus, a man of color executed by the state, we stand with God in solidarity with those who are oppressed. We stand troubled and emboldened by the Spirit, not just to cry out for justice but also to work for systemic change. God loves all; love requires us to practice justice so that we can live in a world where all can flourish without fear.
On Dec 1, in partnership with with Second Stories, PCRI, Urban League and NW Pilot Project, we submitted our Metro Housing Bond RFQ. This is the first, and HUGE, step towards welcoming new neighbors! The last week before submission was a flurry of gathering details negotiating relationships, and clarifying partnerships. It is clear that we share a common vision for caring for our vulnerable black and elderly neighbors. We will be building housing for folks at the 30-50% MFI, people who really need inexpensive housing.
We live in a world where saying that black and brown lives matter means that white lives do not matter, because we have created that world. We have created a world infested with the lie that white lives thrive at the expense of black and brown lives. We have created a world where to know justice is to know violence.
Yet, the judgement of God is to recognize retribution and injustice for what it is, destructive, and to invite us to live in a world where to know justice is to know peace.