St. Paul’s Focus on Antiracism
As you may recall from a recent Beacon update, at its June meeting the vestry unanimously endorsed the Greenwich Fellowship of Clergy’s Community Support statement condemning the killing of George Floyd, and committing to 'engaging in thoughtful and honest dialogue about racism in our congregations, community, and country.’ The full statement is provided below.
Greenwich Fellowship of Clergy Community Support Statement
The Greenwich Clergy Fellowship condemns the brutal killing of George Floyd, an African American man in Minneapolis. As people of faith, we believe that the Spirit of God breathes love down upon us so we may all have flourishing, meaningful lives. Mr. Floyd was denied this foundational right to live with his last words on earth “I can’t breathe.” We are reminded once again that our hope for equality in this nation is still not a reality for people of color. In the heartbreaking killing of Mr. Floyd we recognize that this is not an isolated incident as we acknowledge the systemic racism that still exists in our society. And yet we deplore those who would exploit righteous anger and nonviolent protests by inciting violence and vandalism.
The prophet Micah (6:8) exhorted “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” As clergy leadership in this community, we vow to seek justice as we stand up for and amplify the voices of people of color who have been marginalized and brutalized. We vow to love mercy as we share in God’s mercy that is freely given to all of us. We do this as we walk humbly before God, realizing that without God’s help we can do nothing. We commit to engaging in thoughtful and honest dialogue about racism in our congregations, community and country. We invite you to join us in seeking God’s justice as we act against racism and for reconciliation in our nation.