Mount Pisgah Stands Against Injustice
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with your mind and with your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself.
No other commandment is greater than these.”
Mount Pisgah Featured Story:
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports on Mount Pisgah Men and Racial Healing
Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church was recently featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution Opinion Piece Bridging the Racial Gap is an Act of faith for North Fulton Men about a group of local men’s intentional efforts to create lasting racial healing and friendships based on a shared love of God and living out Jesus’ powerful commandment to love your neighbor as yourself.
These Fulton County gentlemen started gathering last June from local United Methodist churches located in Alpharetta and Johns Creek. These men all come from different backgrounds on race relations and through their honest conversations they are developing a Bridging the Gap Curriculum that other churches in our community and across the country could potentially use to promote multiracial bible studies small groups and virtual men’s conferences! Two important pieces of this curriculum in development include self-assessment and establishing common understanding beyond race.
Mount Pisgah prays for these men as they continue to serve Jesus Christ by loving their neighbor and for their efforts in growing the Kingdom of God by being both light and salt in Fulton County. Please see the PDF document to read the article posted in the AJC.
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We recognize racism as a sin.
We commit to challenging unjust systems of power and access.
We will work for equal and equitable opportunities in employment and promotion, education and training; in voting, access to public accommodations, and housing; to credit, loans, venture capital, and insurance; to positions of leadership and power in all elements of our life together; and to full participation in the Church and society.
There is so much to celebrate in June! Look through this list of our Sacred Worth children’s books to find ways to share June's observance days, from World Environment Day to Father's Day to Juneteenth to Pride, with the children in your life.
Triune God, help us be ever faithful to your example: affirming of our unique identities, while remaining unified as one body in you. Help us seek out the voices that are missing, and empower the marginalized. Let our witness of repentance, justice, and reconciliation bring glory to You, O Lord.
Today, people still fear talking openly about racism with their children. My three beautiful biracial children have had various versions of “the race talk” typical in black households across the country. It’s imperative to acknowledge the existence of racism while coaching my children about positive choices and godly responses.
Call to Worship: (Responsive)
Leader: Let us speak of mercy and justice.
Congregation: For these are the things suitable for our God.
Leader: Let us follow the ways of mercy and justice, for they are the ways of peace and community.
Congregation: Let us lift up our hearts in conviction and our voices in commitment and praise to the Lord of peace and the God of justice; the hope and healing of humanity.
Call to Worship: (Responsive)
As United Methodists, we believe that God has given us principles for how to live in a community. Central to Jesus’ teachings, life, death, and resurrection is the Great Commandment: we must love God and love our neighbors as ourselves. (Matthew 22:35-40; Mark 12:28-34)
Those living in the United States exist in a culture permeated with racial bias. We may not be able to avoid racism, but we don't have to accept it. If God's kingdom is to come, and God's will is to be done on earth as it is in heaven, things need to change.
For church leaders to effectively communicate beyond their congregation and culture — that is, to reach a broader, dissimilar audience — they should try to forge a true, interpersonal connection with those persons they want to reach. But it would help to also do some homework.