HOH Response to Racism

The House of Hope Presbyterian Church aligns its mission with the words of the prophet Micah who wrote we are “to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God.”

Guided by this Biblical charge, House of Hope condemns all forms of inhumanity and violence, oppression and racism, that have afflicted our country, including the killings of George Floyd and Daunte Wright, and the recent killings of eight people in Atlanta, six of Asian descent and ten people in Boulder, including a police officer.

As a faith community, we affirm the words of Governor Walz: “We are praying for Daunte Wright’s family as our state mourns another life of a Black man taken by law enforcement.”

In support of the work of justice, on our church property you will find two signs.
Along Summit Avenue the sign underscores our support for the necessity of unity in the fight against racism and for those who grieve the loss of George Floyd and Daunte Wright.

On Portland Avenue you will find a Black Lives Matter sign that recognizes violence against Black people must be addressed and ended. While this sign has been politicized, we post it in support for what these three words affirm – that black lives are being impacted by racism and violence.

In the coming days we will offer resources on this page as we unite against racism, as well as potential prayer services and responses to emerging events regarding the trial.

2021 Didier Seminar with Jeannine Hill Fletcher 
Christian Entanglement in Racism: Facing the Past, Transforming the Future

Jeannine Hill Fletcher is a professor at Fordham University whose research focuses on gender, race, and religious diversity. Her book The Sin of White Supremacy—Christianity, Racism and Religious Diversity in America has been described as “a heartfelt lament and passionate advocacy for racial justice—both sobering and liberating.”

Lecture | Wednesday, April 21 | 7 p.m.
Facing Racism: An Historical, Structural and Theological View

Lectures and Discussion | Saturday, April 24
9:30-10:45 a.m.: How the Past Touches Down in Our Present
11 a.m.-12 p.m.: Embracing our Story to Shape our Future: Christian Tradition and Transformation

Sermon and Adult Enrichment | Sunday, April 25 | 11:15 a.m.
Partners in Transformation: Shaping the Future

Learn more here.

 

On April 28 2021, House of Hope offered the following Statement on the Verdict of the Derek Chauvin Trial

The concept of justice rests at the core of what the Bible affirms as the ways and purposes of God. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall once wrote, “Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it.”

In light of the verdict of the Derek Chauvin trial, and during this fraught time in our country, our faith community affirms that we continue to grieve the killings of George Floyd and Daunte Wright, we are united in our fight to end racism, and we pray for, and work for, the day when systemic racism is no longer a reality in our democracy, our community, our country and our world.