2021 Online Annual Conference: Agenda, Book of Recommendations, Special Offering

Bishop Bryan: May our local churches be sanctuaries of healing and hope

4/22/2021

A jury on Tuesday convicted former police officer Derek Chauvin of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, nearly a year after a viral video of the Black man gasping for breath pinned beneath the White officer’s knee sent millions into the streets demanding justice and forcing a national reckoning on race and policing. (Washington Post)

Here is the statement from the Bishop Bryan on the verdict:

I pray our nation will decide that we are not willing to go through this much pain without something redemptive coming from it. I also can’t help thinking that local churches have a role to play in this. Redemption is part of our vocabulary. It involves honest recognition of individual harm toward others but also the awareness that injustice can be built into the life of a community and a nation. It can be passed on from generation to generation so much that it seems like a normal way of life. However, redemptive change is possible. Listen to the honesty and hopefulness expressed in 1 Peter 1:18: “You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ.”

May local churches choose to be sanctuaries of healing and hope where people are set free from futile ways of living through the power of the Risen Christ. Whether we are speaking of racism, ageism, sexism, oppression, or violence of all kinds - may our church members be people who listen to the cries around us, learn what is perpetuating the pain, and then lead decisively toward redemption in our own lives, in our churches, and in our communities. 

O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. -- The Book of Common Prayer, page 824


 

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