This land and labor acknowledgment has been adopted and affirmed by the Session (governing board) of Clarendon Presbyterian Church. We seek to read this land and labor acknowledgment before our gatherings to remember and honor those who labored on the land we live and occupy. We seek to read this land and labor ackowledgment to also challenge ourselves to ways we may seek the common good.
A land acknowledgment names the traditional Native inhabitants of the land you are in, in order to offer recognition and respect; to cultivate a deeper awareness of the history that has led to the present moment; and to create an opportunity for reflection on our responsibilities as descendants of that history. We acknowledge that we live and worship on the Native lands of the Piscataway, Nacotchtank, and Pamunkey peoples, among others, and we pay our respects to elders past and present, known and unknown. We also recognize that many inequities of money and power in the place we know as Arlington are based on past and present racial injustice, including the stolen labor of people of African descent.