We have decided to suspend our phone calling campaign for the remainder of this week. Although, we would love to talk voice to voice with everyone, we know that many of us have little on our minds – and hearts – other than the profound upheaval in our city.
We are grieving the deaths of more than 100 people across the world, as a result of the coronavirus. Now we see clearly that even one, solitary death is a tragic waste of sacred worth.
We deeply grieve the death of George Floyd. We pray that his family and friends receive all manner of comfort and know God’s presence in these days. We understand that no human hand can alter the loss of Mr. Floyd’s life. We are left in the aftermath of unconscionable violence, yet again.
The violence that has erupted around the killing of George Floyd is an expression of cycle within cycle of violence that has been our deadly pattern since beyond recorded time. We are familiar with the grief of lament, and now must also express our rage in something other than violence and find our way forward.
“How long, O God?” the psalmist cries, and our raw voices join, “How long will you hide your face?” This ancient and festering wound must be healed. Where is the antidote to this contagion?
Here are three opportunities we lift up for your consideration today:
1. Call someone.
It may be that this is the day for a long conversation or commiseration. Recently, we sent out directories so that we would have one another’s contact information. It may be that you would like to call someone today and simply talk for a while.
2. Angela is offering
a Drop-in Healing Space via Zoom (link below) from 1:00-4:00 pm today for anyone wishing to process their emotions.
3. We will gather as a community from 6:00 – 7:00 this evening
through Zoom (link below).
Part prayer vigil, part conversation, part….whatever it needs to be; we will come together.
We will use a structure called VIP
(shared by Ann DeGroot, our Lay Leader). It is a method of processing that parallels the structure of many of the psalms. It is a 3-step process, which we will use together.
1. We vent
. We wail. We shout. We get it all out.
2. Then, we pick up some pieces that are important
. We discern together.
3. And then, we make a plan
. This plan, in the psalms, is often to remember and renew our relationship with God and community.
We are known by the way we love each other.
Drop-in Healing Space
Today, Thursday, May 28, 1:00-4:00 PM
Click to join Zoom meeting:
Meeting ID: 818 3193 0753
Meeting ID: 818 3193 0753 #
(password, if requested: 228065)
George Floyd Vigil
Today, Thursday, May 28, 6:00-7:00 PM
Click to join Zoom meeting:
Meeting ID: 890 4779 1737
Meeting ID: 890 4779 1737 #
(Password, if requested: 006322)