and the first thing that we agree to affirm and promote is
"the inherent worth and dignity of every human being."
Our congregations have made an agreement that we will act together to affirm and promote, which are "doing" words: verbs.
At this point in time, saying "Black Lives Matter" is the cutting edge of our first principle. The status quo assumes that they don't, in any meaningful way.
I am calling upon our congregations to fulfill the obligations of our mutual covenant: to act visibly to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every human being, by proclaiming that "Black Lives Matter" to the wider communities where they are.
Haven't we have all ready promised each other we would do so?