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The Rector's Response to the Protests Across Our Nation, June 2nd, 2:30pm

Like many of you, I have watched the events of the past week, heartbroken, angry, and at times not finding the words to speak about the killing of George Floyd, and the countless others who came before him. This unspeakable act of violence speaks to me of a more in-depth, darker-depth, that reveals the racial injustices that have plagued this nation for well over four hundred years.

I am rocked to my core, that innermost place in my being when I hear the words, "I can't breathe." Those three words are echoing in my mind, resonating to my bones. So, what are we to do, church? What is our response? How shall we gather our words? From whence shall our strength come?

First and foremost, we all must turn (metanoia), acknowledge, and unequivocally affirm that George Floyd is a blessed child of God. We all must turn and acknowledge and affirm that George Floyd's life mattered.

We all must turn and acknowledge the outright evil that is white supremacy and racism, which has been historically and systematically embedded in the Christian church, and at times has pressed its knee on the bodies of minority communities.