Justice and Witness

Statement of Commitment to the Work of Anti-Racism

Black Lives Matter. This is a truth we speak to ourselves, to the Church, and to the world as we witness racism continue to take the lives of Black people in America. With grieving hearts, we speak their names: George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Corey Jones, Atatiana Jefferson, Trayvon Martin and countless other victims of racist violence,…

Anti-Racism Resources

This document is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now. Feel free to circulate this document on social media and with your friends, family, and colleagues. This list may expand. Please view the most up-to-date version here: bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES To…

A Sacred Conversation on Race – June 2, 2020

The hard, but undeniable fact of deeply embedded racism in American society, has come to the fore once again through the known names of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Christian Cooper, and unfortunately in countless, nameless others that we never will know. Religious communities, including Gables UCC have long struggled with racism in and outside of their church walls. In 2008,…

Friendship as a Worldview: An Interfaith Perspective

Presenting will be Mohammad Jafar Amir Mahallati, Presidential Scholar in Islamic Studies at the Religion Department of Oberlin College. He received his Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from McGill University, after completing the Harvard Fellowship for Persian Studies in 2005-06. Mahallati has taught graduate courses and lectured at Columbia, Princeton, Yale, and Georgetown Universities. He has served as senior scholar and…

Statement Regarding Charlottesville, Virginia

My Dear Church Family: Grace and peace to each of you following a week of experiencing horrific tragedies globally, an alarming resurgence of bigotry and anti-Semitism nationally, and painful and revealing discourse from the highest office of our land to our city streets. I truly believe that it is important for us as people of Christian faith and as followers…

Pastor Laurie Responds: SCOTUS Marriage Equality Decision

Today, the Supreme Court ruled that same-gender marriage is now legal in all fifty states!  What a momentous and meaningful occasion.  Within moments I received a call from my best friend Kathryn Matthews Huey and several church members with whom I have shared the struggle over the years toward the acceptance, the rights and equal privileges of all people regardless…