After reading through these words, we encourage you to visit our developing resource page where you will find tools to help you grow in your commitment to diversity, equity, and belonging.
In these recent times of increased focus on racial disparities, a few people have asked, “Is CCHF a safe place for me?” We hear the pain in that question.
Every member of the CCHF community is genuine in their commitment to try to live out the gospel through healthcare for the sake of those who are most vulnerable. Many of us still have blind spots, and are guilty of making others feel under-valued or disrespected. We want CCHF to be a safe place. We are trying to be more self-aware as a community.
For more than 4 decades it has been the goal of CCHF to be a community centered on Christ, recognized by our love for one another and for our most vulnerable neighbors. Our community has embraced a set of values that have helped us grow in the ministry of reconciliation, which is central to our mission. Since 2015, we have become even more intentional around the issues of diversity, justice, belonging, and inclusion. More than ever, we are dedicated to be a unified but diverse community, characterized by mutual respect, preferring one another, and committed to love, justice, humility, and a genuine desire to glorify God.
The following is an Action Statement that is divided into three parts:
We acknowledge that these are imperfect, and perhaps incomplete. They are an on-going attempt to reflect our commitment to be faithful to the gospel. They stem from generational engagement with communities that have been undervalued and neglected. We have seen first-hand the disparate realities that marginalized groups of people, all beloved of God, experience. We are compelled by our love for Christ and for our neighbors, through whom Christ is revealed daily.
As we look to the scriptures, the following are convictions that drive us to action:
In light of these, we encourage all followers of Christ to respond as follows:
As an organization, CCHF has committed to the following: