Statement on the Fight for Justice and Equity
Agape Child & Family Services cares deeply about and supports Memphis and the communities we serve. We stand with you in the fight for justice and equity. We believe in the call in Micah 6:8 to “act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
We, too, are saddened, angry and disheartened by the senseless killing and inhumane treatment of people of color in our nation. We too are weary of the same headline story with a different name.
We commit to lift our voices in solidarity with those crying out for justice and peacefully protesting the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, Botham Jean, Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, Laquan McDonald, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, the countless others that were captured on video and those who were not and whose names did not make headline news.
We choose to lift our voices in prayer asking God to bring peace, calm and justice. We pray for our police officers as we realize the majority are wonderful individuals who are dedicated to protecting and serving our communities. We also cry out for justice and consequences for those that have chosen to misuse the power “the badge” affords them. In the words of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Our name, Agape, means love. Our mission is rooted in love. We believe in 1 Corinthians 13 “If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
Part of our core values include embracing diversity and inclusion with the unity of Christ and treating staff, partners and clients with respect and care. From webinars with our Faith Formation and Engagement team, to our Chief Operations Officer, Julie Sanon, sitting on a panel in an effort to address racism.
It is our focus to move the needle of poverty by providing to the whole family school-based support, community-based services, workforce readiness, homeless services and counseling. Let’s work together, in love, to fight injustice, inequity and bring about real change.
Agape Child & Family Services continues to see Memphis and our nation through hopeful eyes.
President & CEO