Covenant Presbyterian Church - Charlotte, NC

Fostering conversations in our own homes

The Around the Kitchen Table resources are intended to foster conversations in our own homes about racism. We encourage you to identify one time each week to spend with those who sit at your kitchen table – maybe your children, your parents, your neighbors, your spouse, or yourself. The resources can shape your conversations around our shared hope and faith.

what we believe

A message from Senior Minister Bob Henderson

Two events in our country – George Floyd’s murder and our nation’s leader tear gassing his people to make way for a photo opportunity (all while holding a Bible in front of a Christian sanctuary) – are scandalous at best.

I understand and appreciate that our congregation represents a broad political spectrum, and we’re better for it. I also understand that regardless of our particular political persuasion, Christian faith stands on a solid bedrock of justice, love, and peace. We believe in hard-won reconciliation, not division.

We relentlessly affirm that each person -- every ethnicity, race, gender, and nationality -- is made in the image of God and is of equal value in God's eyes. Thus everyone should be treated as God’s very own. These values are under siege in our country, and as Christian people, it is for us to ‘stand our ground’ and work toward a world more reflective of God’s ideals for the human community.

Years ago, the Session at Covenant adopted a clear mission statement which will guide us in these tumultuous times: Covenant Presbyterian is a dynamic Christian community that gladly invites all people into a transformational experience of faith; boldly proclaims the gospel; bravely works toward a whole and just world; and passionately nurtures discipleship.

You can expect Covenant Presbyterian Church to embrace this mission statement vigorously in the coming months. We’ll boldly proclaim the gospel and its perspective on hard issues. We’ll bravely work toward a whole and just world by working on systemic and episodic realities that are far from just. And we’ll passionately nurture faithful discipleship that fosters growth in all of us around important issues such as race, inequality, and justice.

Let me assure you that it’s a serious commitment on the part of this congregation’s leadership. A number of years ago, we diversified our financial deposits to include minority owned banks. I’m asking the finance committee to make every effort to diversify even further. We integrated implicit bias training into our personnel searches and interviews. We’ve shifted nearly all our mission endeavors from doing for others to being with others and we’ve invested heavily in friendships and studies and collaborations with African American congregations. In those changes, we’ve been changed and will continue to change.

I’m sure in doing more that we’ll risk disagreement and error. I’m also sure that God can gather us all up in love and transform us into something more Christ-like as we seek to be agents of God’s redeeming love to a world very much in need.

Ways to get involved

Launching points for our comprehensive response. Updated on an ongoing basis.

Around the Kitchen Table

Confronting racism in our homes, hearts
An opportunity to confront racism in our own homes and hearts through conversation, prayer, listening and reflection. Sign up to receive the resource.

Books, podcasts, videos, news articles

Resources for white people, parents
Please view this resource for white people and parents. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, this is an invitation to start. 

Yard signs state our church's commitment

Bravely works toward a whole and just world
Covenant yard signs stating our church's commitment to a whole and just world are now available . Details here.

21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge

Creating effective social justice habits 

Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started. The good news is, there’s an abundance of resources just waiting to empower you. This plan includes suggestions for readings, podcasts, videos and observations.
Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. is the leader of America & MOORE, LLC, providing comprehensive diversity, privilege and leadership trainings and workshops.
For 21 days, do one action to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity. Click here to begin.

initiatives already underway

Projects supported by For a Whole Community campaign

Responding to Affordable Housing Crisis

The first residents have moved into Mezzanine on Freedom, an affordable housing community supported by a $2 million investment from our congregation. A Covenant leadership team is developing a blueprint to guide ongoing outreach for many years into the future.

Julia Watkins, one of our pastoral residents, will move into an apartment on June 10 and hopes to play a role in organizing community dinners and perhaps a neighborhood vegetable garden. 

diverse classrooms boost learning for all students

Now in its first year, the Child Development Center is founded on the belief that racially diverse classrooms boost learning and lead to improved critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

The church recently met a major milestone by fully funding the $2 million scholarship endowment. This means our program will be able to support, in perpetuity, families of diverse economic backgrounds. Depending on need, a family can get 10 to 40 percent of the costs covered by an endowed scholarship.