FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Atlanta, GA, December 4-Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary (JCSTS), the only historically African-American seminary of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is in solidarity with the denomination's calls for serious reflection by the whole church "about the communities and the racial climate we have created in this country."
Representatives from JCSTS attended the recent Atlanta public meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder and endorse his intention to continue the investigation of the events in Ferguson, MO. They further support President Obama's proposal to address police militarization and racial profiling, including his request for $263 million to provide police departments with body cameras and additional training.
The Rev. Paul T. Roberts, Sr., the seminary's president said, "The failure this week of yet another grand jury to indict a white policeman in the killing of an unarmed black man makes it clear that much more reflection is required. We support ongoing peaceful protest, and consider it part of our responsibility to engage the community in durative and productive dialogue. The recently revised mission statement of our newly independent seminary calls for us to "provide the kind of innovative education that will foster fair and just communities."
Roberts further cited the Confession of Belhar, approved this year by the PC (U.S.A.): "Let us continue together to witness against and strive against all forms of injustice, so that justice may roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream."