'In response to our Conversation on Race and Faith (June 2), you are welcome to post additional comments. We have also included the full Trevor Noah video titled 'George Floyd and the Dominoes of Racial Justice.' We're glad to hear your responses and questions.'
6/2/2020 06:28:44 am
Thanks for posting this clip, Trevor Noah always does such a great job of breaking down complex topics. I feel like I've heard some resistance from Mennonites recently regarding the tension between condoning the looting and pacifism. There is of course a huge difference between taking lives vs. taking things but exploring and explicitly working through this from a pacifist perspective I think could be interesting.
6/2/2020 12:17:27 pm
Right on! This is exactly what we are hoping people will talk about tonight. Also, as I read the news of Mr. Trump violently clearing a path through peaceful demonstrators in Lafayette Park on his way to St. John's Church last night, the words of Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde are relevant in the wake of damage that the church building itself has suffered during the unrest in Washington against police violence, including a fire that was lit in its basement. Bishop Budde wasn't excusing the damage, but she also said that the focus of the Church's attention must remain on the death of George Floyd and others who have died at the hands of police. "I want to acknowledge the loss of property, but in no way equate it with the loss of life. I want to be a church that stands in solidarity with those who are making peaceful protest." Looting and damaging property may be part of the anger (and are probably perpetrated by white protesters mostly) that people feel right now. But even if it happens, these pale in comparison to the violence that is done against black bodies and minds daily in this country.
6/2/2020 06:52:18 am
Just wanted to share another resource I just listened to - Its long but so good. https://whchurch.org/sermon/please-i-cant-breathe/
6/2/2020 01:19:44 pm
Thanks for sharing the link to this sermon, Janna. I watched it and I appreciated Pastor Boyd's words, his perspective, and his call to witness.
6/2/2020 08:57:16 pm
Thanks for this whole conversation. I found myself feeling heartened and lightened. Our congregation shows a whole lot of "ready, willing, and able." With that, we must be able to bring change! I am sure of it.
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