On Monday, May 24, 2021, the Executive Council voted unanimously to approve the creation of a First Church Reparations Fund. The measure was brought before church leaders by members of the Exploring Reparations Faith and Life group, our Beloved Community group, and our Missions and Social Justice committee. In light of our church’s history of enslaving people of African and Indigenous descent, recent discussions about reparations, and focus groups with members of local communities who have been harmed by our actions, we feel called by the Spirit to take this first step of creating a fund to which individuals may contribute. Funds raised will be given, on an ongoing basis, to local people of color organizations who will manage the process for distribution within impacted communities. In the coming months, First Church member Karlene Griffiths Sekou, who conducted the community focus groups, will organize this process.