June 9, 2020
Dear Residents and Staff,
The U.S. Declaration of Independence states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Galatians 3:28 (ESV) states, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
As a Christian organization, Florida Presbyterian Homes strongly believes all men are created equal in the eyes of God and therefore we strongly denounce racism in all its forms and the violent and uncalled for act that brought about the tragic death of George Floyd.
Our prayer is that our people and our nation will see and understand the impact of racism. We further pray that this recognition and wisdom will lead to action that will foster meaningful change in our nation and our world.
It is up to each of us to learn about the true impact of systemic racism in our society and to then, armed with wisdom and God’s love, take each opportunity we have to foster positive change. Recognizing the problem is just a start. God calls us to make this world a better place for each of our brothers and sisters.
To our staff and our residents, if you are struggling with this issue and need support or want to talk about how to go about making a difference on the issue of racism, please contact Chaplain Etta or me, Joe X. The Florida Presbyterian Board of Director Officers and I feel it is very important that we share the position of our organization on this issue as we recognize the problem and seek to foster positive change.
Michael Spake, Board Chair, and Joe Xanthopoulos, CEO/Executive Director