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”)
In 2020, 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)
In Psalm 82, we are told to uphold the cause of the oppressed, and we are when any one group is singled out for hate and violence. Over the last year there has been a rise in anti-Asian violence and rhetoric. To take part in standing with our Asian brothers and sisters, there are many resources available for education and action.
We invite you to read the Asian American Christian Collaborative (AACC) Statement on Anti-Racism in the Time of COVID-19. The AACC seeks to encourage, equip, and empower Asian American Christians and friends of our community to follow Christ holistically.
In addition, to honor our Asian-American friends, as well as celebrate March as Women’s History Month, we’d like to highlight the great impact Asian-American women have had on our country.
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.