At its 316th Stated Meeting on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church in Guilderland, NY, Albany Presbytery took the following action:

Albany Presbytery strongly condemns the unjust, racist disparagement of people and entire nations lately promoted by politicians and government officials at all levels in the mistaken effort to place “America First.”  As Christians, our call is to bring to “all nations” (Matthew 28:19) the good news that God loves all people equally.  Historically, America has been “first” in espousing human equality as the principle on which nations are founded.  We call upon our national leaders to lead by that principle. We pray that God may open the minds and hearts of the American people to understand that the real problems they face result from real causes and not from the presence of demonized “others.”  We commit to working with people of good will, regardless of political or religious affiliation, in a collective effort to solve the real problems facing our nation and the world.  We ask forgiveness from those who have been hurt by hateful rhetoric and harmed by unjust government policies.  We acknowledge our responsibility and urge our elected officials to speak out against hate and “to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly” with God (Micah 6:8).

Click here to read the official press release from Albany Presbytery

Additionally, the Times Union ran a story written by RE Terry Diggory, PNECC. Click here to read the Times Union Article: Standing by friends, neighbors


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