CONFRONTING RACISM

The recent killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the subsequent nation-wide and local protests have brought the long-festering problem of the racial divide in this country to a head and are provoking painful, urgent self-examination and conversations. In his bulletin article for this weekend, Fr. Bart writes about the Trinity as “radical diversity maintained in absolute unity by ‘a perfect love’ that infinitely self-empties” and racism and other forms of hate as ways in which that self-emptying fails and blocks God’s efforts to fill us with His love. He calls on all of us to acknowledge the problem and search ourselves in order to eliminate racism in our own hearts, that we may help cleanse society of this stain.

This is difficult work. To help all of us, we are making the following resources available:

Bishop Hying also issued a statement of his own.

As we struggle with these issues of personal and systemic racial bias, let us offer this Prayer for Racial Healing:

God of justice,
in your wisdom you create all people in your image, without exception.
Through your goodness, open our eyes to see the dignity, beauty, and worth of every human being.
Open our minds to understand that all your children are brothers and sisters in the same human family.
Open our hearts to repent of racist attitudes, behaviors, and speech which demean others.
Open our ears to hear the cries of those wounded by racial discrimination, and their passionate appeals for change.
Strengthen our resolve to make amends for past injustices and to right the wrongs of history.
And fill us with courage that we might seek to heal wounds, build bridges, forgive and be forgiven,
and establish peace and equality for all in our communities.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.