RESPONSE TO GEORGE FLOYD, INJUSTICE AND PROTESTS
Dear Siblings in Christ!
I mourn the murder of yet another black body. I mourn with those who have seen the videos of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd. Who could ever find it normal to hunt down humans like animals? Who would ever find oneself dying at the hands of those who should be protecting them? How does one call the cops on the cops?
Clearly, there is a race problem, and not even COVID-19 can change that. It is systemic, it is foundational, it is constitutional (just read the US constitution), it is institutionalized and what is most saddening is that the majority of the Christian church rather focus on reopening buildings than standing in solidarity and mutuality with our black siblings in Christ.
I lament with the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, I stand with all the black community, outraged, tired of the injustice and the overly aggressive policing. I urge my Latino and Asian siblings to unite in solidarity, prayer and lament. And I especially call upon our white siblings and especially those who consider themselves part of the Christian Church to respond to the cries of injustice. After all, that is what the church is, a diverse group called and created by God to respond to the cries of injustice.
The Holy Spirit is doing something new! Do you not perceive it? Do you not sense it? Do you not see it on television? Days and days of protests from people of all ages, ethnicities, colors, genders and identities, speaking out against injustice, racism and police brutality. Unity in the community! Something is coming, change is brewing, and hope is rising.
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WHO ARE WE?
Is this church part of a denomination?
Yes. We are part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Part of the Pacifica Synod.
Is everyone Lutheran at Shepherd of the Hills?
Nope. In fact, many of our people come different traditions such as the United Church of Christ, Roman Catholic Church, United Methodist, Presbyterian, American Baptist and many other traditions. Read about our pastor, it should give you a better feel about our diversity.
What are your Sunday Services like?
We follow the ancient liturgy of the church (readings from scripture, sermon, prayers, chanting, weekly eucharist and benediction. We also sing ancient hymns of the church and our choir sings as well. In many ways we carry on ancient tradition, but we also seek innovation. In fact, we in the midst of some creative and unifying times with our partners in ministry, Crave Life Faith Community www.craveunity.com and Thai Shepherd. Two other ELCA congregations that gather with us on the First Sunday of each month known as "Together is Better."
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