Psalm 34: 1 – 8
Proverbs 9: 1 – 6
Ephesians 5: 15 – 20
John 6: 51 – 58
as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves....
- Ephesians 5:18 – 19
The photo was taken on Saturday in Charlottesville. The folks in the front in robes, on our right, are Rev. Susan Minasian, Rev. Seth Wispelwey, and Rev. Brittany Caine-Conley of Sojourners United Church of Christ in Charlottesville. This scene was one of many parts of Charlottesville’s response this year to the hate and violence that racists brought to town, the year before. The religious leaders seen in front, here, include organizers of “Congregate Charlottesville,” which seeks to unite the spiritual groups of their city. “Faith mobilized. Driven for justice. Acting together.” They say, “Congregate is an instrument for mobilizing clergy and those who would follow them to respond rapidly, show up, and/or educate on matters of justice in Charlottesville, VA.”
On Saturday evening, WVIR-TV (“channel 29”) visited an event organized by Congregate Charlottesville. “People of all religions gathered in First Presbyterian Church Saturday with Congregate Charlottesville for the Service of Remembrance and Repair and an afternoon of faith and healing. Hundreds of people came to the service to remember the violent events that took place in Charlottesville exactly one year ago. The religious gathering aimed to bring people of different faiths together to talk about social justice and needed changes. ...
“Organizers say they hope the service was an opportunity for community healing. ‘We really wanted to create a space, particularly those people who have sacrificed so much for the sake of justice this past year. We want to honor those who have been harmed, we want to celebrate the ways we have resisted white supremacy,’ said Rev. Brittany Caine-Conley.”
“Congregate Charlottesville says they held the workshop in hopes of preparing people of faith to continue to stand up for matters of justice.”
I am aware that many White people have difficulty seeing racism, either in themselves or in other persons who come from “majority” backgrounds.
However, like many other human experiences, once one becomes sensitized to how it feels to suffer discrimination and prejudice, it turns out to be as common as... evil and injustice.
We followers of Jesus have a very high calling, to stand and walk with “the least of these.”
Seek peace and pursue it. -Psalm 34:14
And walk in love, as Christ loved us....