All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:18
What is MRRH? (pronounced “myrrh”)
Earlier this year, VPC’s Session was moved to respond to the sin of racism. As a result of that discussion, Session approved the statement of race (link below) created the Ministry for Racial Reconciliation (MRRH).
The purpose of this ministry is to encourage and facilitate awareness, conversations, and actions as they relate to the desire and intent to promote togetherness and healing in response to the sins of racism. We will take actions of inclusion that will embrace diverse perspectives and participants. We will through positive statements of support, and by means of practical, creative, innovative and achievable ideals, with validation, guide the observer and the opposer alike into accountability and stewardship where peace and healing are significant paths to a stronger cohesive culture for all. We seek to glorify God, edify the church, and bless all people with love, equity, and truth. We are humbled, focused, determined, and proud to be a part of this humane effort in the service and example of our Lord. He really does have the whole world in his hands!
What Does MRRH do?
The ministry is about expressing God’s love for all people through the actions we take. Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. (1 John 3:18)
There are three main areas of action we address:
Outreach – Connecting with other churches and communities to build relationships and empathy with communities of color. There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male and female; since you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)
Inreach – Looking at how VPC does things, both as an organization as well as a community to be welcoming and inclusive of all people. This includes looking at processes, habits, and culture to accept all those the Father brings to our church. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. (John 6:37)
Education – Providing resources and sponsoring events that broaden our understanding issues of race in our church, community, country, and world. Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance. (Proverbs 1:5)
Friends in Christ, If you weren’t able to attend Rev. Dr. Nicole Martin’s tremendous webinar on “Racial Reconciliation: A Biblical Perspective,” please find that recording here. We are praying that God will continue to multiple and deepen our efforts to grow in being reconciled to the Lord AND to one another.
Click here for a special anthem that was shown on Sunday, January 17, in which VPC joins with other area congregations to sing “We Shall Overcome,” as we remember the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Pastor Connie Jordan-Haas is reading a book called “The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism” by Jemar Tisby. She invites you to join her in prayerfully reflecting on these two excerpts:
“I am convinced that fear of other people – what they will say, think, and do if we stand against racism – holds the church back from more action…to bring about justice…when confronted with a choice to oppose racism or to acquiesce to business as usual, people of God too often shrink back.”
In what ways might this possibly be true in your life?
“Jesus crossed every barrier between people, including the greatest barrier of all – the division between God and humankind. He is our peace, and because of his life, death, resurrection, and coming return, those who believe in Jesus not only have God’s presence with us but in us through the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we have the power, through God, to leave behind the compromised Christianity that makes its peace with racism and to live out Christ’s call to a courageous faith.”
How is God inviting you to live out your faith in this arena of discipleship?
- Jan 20 – Race and The Gospel Weekly Video Discussion, 7:30 – 8:30pm on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81376411495
Frequently Asked Questions
We know that the topic of race can be challenging and there are many questions people have. We’ve provided a list of answers to questions we are frequently asked.
If you have questions about MRRH or would like to get involved, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.