Dear Friends in Christ, grace and peace to you.
We your pastors write with broken hearts to again lament the shootings of Black men by police this week, in Kenosha, Wisconsin and Lafayette, Louisiana. In Kenosha, it was Jacob Blake (father, son, uncle, cousin) who was shot in the back at near point-blank range, while he tried to enter the car where his young children were sitting. He may be paralyzed from the waist down from the injury. In Lafayette, Trayford Pellerin had only a knife and was running away from police before being shot and killed by police.
We name clearly that, as seen again in the Wisconsin protests, white people brandishing weapons are not apprehended nor even admonished, but an unarmed Black man is shot seven times.
This is the sinful distortion of racism.
As people take to the streets in the aftermath of these shootings, there is rhetoric about the protection of property and the need to follow police officer directives. Focus on these is also the sinful distortion of racism.
Most importantly, we name that the God we see and know in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (a brown-skinned man who was killed by state-sanctioned violence) stands against the sin of racism and calls those of us not yet fully seeing to awaken into awareness and resistance. For all people of faith, especially white people of faith, this is a sober time of prayerful lament, of proclamation of a different future, of raising personal consciousness and of taking collective antiracist action. If you are a person of color, know that the God of Liberation sees the gift that you are and is with you always. If you are a white person, know that the God of Liberation s fervently calling you to participate in this movement of liberation. As we each are able, we all can be a part of this movement of the Holy Spirit by learning and raising our consciousness (of implicit bias and systemic racism), by praying and by voting, by giving money and by volunteering time, by showing up at vigils and protests, and by supporting those doing the heavy lifting of change.
We invite those who are able to join us this Sunday from 12:00 – 1:00 pm for a Black Lives Matter vigil, on the corners of NE 45th Street and 15th Ave NE outside our church building. This vigil is mask mandatory, and we will be standing socially distant by family groups. As a Racial Justice church, we are called to lift our voices with those crying out for justice.
The Beloved Community of God’s Dream is calling.
Spirit invites us all to answer.
Here is how to reach us:
Catherine,gro.ccuytisrevinu@etoofc (206) 321-7604
Amy,gro.ccuytisrevinu@noora (206) 605-6893
Todd,gro.ccuytisrevinu@frodnedeimst (303) 882-9631