June 24, 2017
It was a week ago that many of us heard the verdict in the trial of St. Anthony Police officer Jeronimo Yanez. He was acquitted of all charges in the death of Philando Castile, a St. Paul resident who was shot to death during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights in 2016. I along with a number of other Disciple pastors went to the state capitol where there was a protest of the verdict. I’m not one that likes to go to protests, but this was something I felt needed to be done.
In talking with the pastors of the three other Disciple congregations in the Twin Cities (First Christian-Minneapolis, Lake Harriet Christian-Minneapolis and Plymouth Creek Christian-Plymouth), it was decided to write a letter to our congregations and the wider public about verdict and the bigger issue of racial justice. The letter is not going to move mountains concerning the deep issues behind this verdict. But I hope members of First-St. Paul will use this letter to pray to God to bring healing to our Minnesota and to find ways to heal the breaches in our society. As a congregation that sees diversity as one of its values, I pray we can be a living witness of God’s kingdom where all are equal and welcomed.
You can read the letter by clicking on the link below. May God be with us all as we continue to work for what Rev. Martin Luther King called the “Beloved Community.”