There’s nothing we can say to ease the shock and grief from Sunday’s news of another Black man killed by a police officer. Heartbreak. Rage. Worry. Grief. Again. Duante Wright should be alive. This pattern of violence persists. With the trial of Derek Chauvin underway our collective level of anxiety is already high, and now the community is swept up in the terror of more trauma. While we can’t know the wounds of others, we are part of a shared humanity and so together we grieve, together we weep, together we ask: what can we do? What will we do?
People of faith, we return to God. We hold space for lament. We give voice to the depth of sorrow and pain. With humility, we come before God just as we are with whatever we’ve got. We name the hard truths of how far we are from the life God intends. We seek God’s presence as we process what’s on our hearts and minds.
The sanctuaries at both campuses will be open this Thursday, April 15 from 10:00 am–6:00 pm for those of you who’d like to use the space for this purpose. There is no sign-up to attend. We ask that you stay home if you’re sick and that you stay masked and maintain social distancing. There will be a sign-in process with specific COVID safety instructions when you arrive at the church.