Dear Christ Church,
We are a kingdom people. Our vision is Christ and every tribe, tongue, and nation, the breadth of God’s creation before the throne in worship. This is the promise of Pentecost.
I am sure you have heard of the tragic death of George Floyd and the protests around the country. This reminds us that while we have been focused on the crisis of the pandemic, there are other longstanding fractures, injustices, and forms of suffering within our communities. Our vulnerabilities to the coronavirus and its societal effects might have temporarily eclipsed, in our news cycle or attention, other categories of pain in our society, but they persist until we deal with them. One such persistent injustice in our society is racism, especially against Black men and women in this country, people like George Floyd, who was a brother in Christ and with Jesus now—now before that throne worshipping Jesus—a victim of unjustified force.
We stand alongside those in the Black community, not only because of a commitment to civil rights and equality in our nation, but even more foundationally because we follow Jesus, who created every single human in his image, each of us a person of immense worth because they uniquely express part of God’s fingerprint. One of the ways we can stand together is side by side before God, and especially following the biblical pattern of lament in prayer together. The Anglican Multi-Ethnic Network (AMEN) is hosting an online service of lament tomorrow, Sunday May 31st, at 7pm. I want to ask us as a parish to join our Anglican family in prayerful lament for the racial injustice in our nation and our world.
Our bishop, the Rt. Rev. Todd Hunter, has published this excellent joint letter with several other Anglican bishops, addressing this moment and this injustice. Please take a moment to hear from our bishop and leaders on this topic.
Come Holy Spirit, and heal our land,
P.S. Tomorrow is Pentecost Sunday when we hold the vision of Revelation before us with Eucharist, a special choir performance, the story of Acts 2, and a final blessing in five languages.