January 8 2017 Comments on Displaying a Black Lives Matter Banner or Flag

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January 8 2017 Comments on Displaying a Black Lives Matter Banner or Flag

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT OUR CHURCH DISPLAYING A BLACK LIVES MATTER BANNER OR FLAG?

  1. I’m in total agreement with the proposal.
  • Given the history of treatment of blacks in America, we must make this statement for blacks in particular.
  • We can do this!! Put our faith into action.
  • I think it very important, especially right now.
  • I’m here.
  • An opportunity to: affirm, engage, not be indifferent, be vulnerable, take a risk, be an ally and enter the conversation.
  • I’m so grateful and proud of the thoughtful and intentional way our community is going about this.
  • That’s me! Psyched if this can happen!
  • I think we can address reservations and express public support.
  • I wasn’t convinced at first, but I am – sure, all lives matter, but let’s start
  • And my prayer is that we can find unity of spirit for our community in this process.
  • We’ve made a statement with our local community by working together to try to stop the pipeline. It’s time to take a stand for our wider community.
  • I’m all for it.
  1. I can live with the proposal.
  • Maybe our banner could say “Black Lives and all lives matter.”
  • It’s facile to hang a sign and feel better. If we’re participating in the movement (as a church) then it’s appropriate, otherwise not.
  • My personal struggle is ‘now what?’ So if we hang a banner – then what – how to move love into action that matters.
  1. I have one or two reservations.
  • How can we reach out to the West Roxbury community – which has many families with police officers – so they understand our message and do not feel excluded from our church?
  • Let’s follow the path that led us to be a Welcoming Congregation: Meet as a congregation first to learn about this and what we would be voting on.
  • I am not clear what ‘the proposal’ is.
  • “Black Lives Matter” is a polarizing message – much like a “basket of deplorables” – not inclusive; provokes a “my life matters too” response.
  • A banner – to me – would be a public representation of something that the church is doing, above and beyond internal conversations. What racial justice work is TPC doing in the community? Do we have partners?
  1. I have several serious reservations.
  • Concerned that hanging banner will be seen as enough action.
  • Concerned about West Roxbury response.
  • I find the language used at some BLM events to be incredibly divisive and not a reflection of the values of this congregation. You do not control how the symbolism of a flag is received by the viewer, and its viewing often occurs without a space for conversation.  I believe we should show our solidarity with the BLM movement by being present as often as possible with our Standing on the Side of Love banner.  We should remove it, and ourselves, when the speech or sections of the BLM event violate our inclusive set of beliefs.
  1. I’m totally opposed.