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Racial Justice and the Church (RJC)

“The end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the Beloved Community. It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opponents into friends. It is this type of understanding goodwill that will transform the deep gloom of the old age into the exuberant gladness of the new age. It is this love which will bring about miracles in the hearts of men."

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1957

Throughout scripture and history, God has called God’s people to participate in the creation of the Beloved Community, breaking down barriers, seeking justice, and transforming hearts and systems.

Our vision is that all members and friends of the congregation—of all racial identities—respond to the Gospel’s call to actively engage in racial justice. We endeavor to consider how race, racism, and racial justice are enacted both inside the church and within the larger society. And, in response to God’s love, to consider the ways that we, as people of faith—individually and as a collective—can “love our neighbor,” across racial lines in both interpersonal and systemic ways.

Join First Pres as we continue to explore God’s Beloved Community and our call to share in its creation in our own context and communities.

For more information, please contact us at racialjustice@fpcberkeley.org.