John 13:34-35 (CEB): "I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I loved you, so you also must love each other. This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other."
As I have reflected on the last week and everything that has happened from George Floyd’s death - the protests, riots, and what our faith community has already been through with COVID-19, I have been heart-sick. I suspect many of you have felt the same way.
I'm touched by our community of loving people that have reached out to me personally and also to their communities. My hope grows with each affirming message that together, we can make the difference that is required. We can influence our world and our community to recognize and fight racism in our churches, our systems, our policies, and in our everyday interactions with the people around us.
While my heart is still weary, I also want to continue forging a path forward for us. As the body of Christ, we are to take a stand against injustice and work to bring God’s light to the world through Jesus Christ. We started that work with our all-inclusion statement in 2019. We need to continue this work in earnest, and so I have asked for a small group of people to begin working on what an Anti-Racist Allyship would look like at Trinity. Please pray for this group to discern how we can impact the conversation in real and lasting ways and how we can stand firm in our faith and with our brothers and sisters as our community grieves for all that are marginalized because of the color of their skin (for more information, contact email@example.com). We need to be clothed in prayer, beacons of light in the darkness, and we need to remember that our battle is a spiritual one as well.
May God bless us as we move forward as one family in Christ.