Rose and Brennan
These words are adapted from a prayer service for teens and families.
We condemn the murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other black and brown people. When we say their names, we commit ourselves to honoring their memory through advocacy and action.
We are called as Christians to stand with those on the margins, those who are being oppressed, those whom the system attacks and kills. We are called to speak out against the injustice of racism and white supremacy, systemic poverty, and institutionalized violence.
When we stand for justice, we are not alone. We have many role models for this in our faith:
And yet, if we are being honest, we know the Church has not always lived up to its call to be a prophetic voice.
And so I will remind all of you: we are the Church. We are the community of Christ. When we call for justice, when we demand everyone be treated with dignity and respect, when we proclaim that the life of George Floyd and every black person is sacred, we are claiming our birthright as agents of change.
The murder of Mr. Floyd was the latest incident that reflects a legacy of racism in this country. How we choose to respond is our responsibility.
As members of the Christian faith, our call is to bring God’s love to the world. This love is brought to life in care for our neighbors and community. It is brought to life when we demand accountability of those in positions of power.
I want to remind all of you that you are loved by God, and called by God to love one another. In the days and weeks ahead, I encourage you to reflect on how you will choose to show that love to those around you.
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