On Saturday morning, Oct 27, 2018, thirty-six of our neighbors got together at North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church to talk openly and to listen to one another about our own and Salem Presbytery’s vision for our Inter-racial Justice Ministry and Reconciliation. We sat in uncluttered talking circles, patterned after ancient Native American circles for solving problems. The circles were safe places where each member could speak in turn without fear of judgment, rebuke or retribution. We brought to the conversation our histories, our concerns, and our hopes. We discussed our preconceptions, our misconceptions, our questions, and our love.
Many churches in Salem Presbytery have long histories of racial tensions. All of us are called to “love our neighbors as ourselves.” Salem Presbytery has taken the bold step to affirm and act upon the principle of Black Lives Matter whose spirit of liberation works, “vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and by extension, all people.” A vote to support this resolution will be taken in our next Presbytery meeting on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.