I wish my mom were here so I could ask questions that I never thought about while she was alive. I do remember a few of the stories she told me about the depression, but today I wish I had listened better.
Weariness is a reality right now. People are weary of COVID, and all the ways the virus has impacted life. The prayer I hear many praying is a prayer of lament, as they name the losses that are so very present.
It is easy to write an angry post decrying racism but walking in the waters of our baptism is not that easy. It starts with a deep sense of growing in personal holiness –listening, self-reflection, learning, battling the tendency toward denial before moving into confession and true repentance. Social justice is the outward manifestation of personal piety. And it is experienced in the choices you make each and every day.
The murder of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and the hate crime causing George Floyd’s horrific death have brought our nation and our church to a tipping place. The Appointive Cabinet denounces the sin of systemic racism and commits to taking action to end a culture of white privilege in our society and in our church.
Let me take this opportunity to introduce you to Cynthia Holly, who steps in to serve as our administrative assistant. Cynthia has served as the assistant for the south district office ½ time and she worked ½ time as the receptionist for the Conference Center.
I have struggled to find the words to express how I have been feeling. George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. So many others. I am horrified at how God’s people are treated because of the color of their skin.