Over the past week and a half, I’ve experienced an outpouring of support unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before. I have received hundreds of messages from people collectively lamenting and grieving after the tragedy in Charleston and of people affirming me and showing support of my last blog post. I can only think about the words in the Apostle Paul’s letter to Philemon in the New Testament of the Christian Bible:
I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your love for all of God’s holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, dear sisters and brothers, have refreshed my heart…
I have been with family and friends this past week and it has been a timely break. i did not plan to write such a pot-stirring blog post and then head out of town, but that’s what happened and I am so grateful. Things were put into perspective and I was reminded that the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable and that there is no need to fear. I felt the love of those who matter most in the world to me and was able to be renewed and refreshed. I also had plenty of time to reflect on the numerous messages I received and it became clear that there are so many people who care about the racism and inequity in this country and around the world; so many people who feel helpless and hopeless; so many people who are seeking ways to be the change they seek in the world. And I realized, that not one of us is alone…
I am so grateful for each of you and have read every message. I wondered how to respond to everyone and decided to craft an email that I shared with my followers and to each person who emailed me, messaged me or left a comment on this blog.
- Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton’s Statement on Racial Equity and Video Message
- Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton’s Call for Repentance and Mourning following Charleston
- ELCA Multicultural Ministries Team
- Racial Justice Ministries
- Living Lutheran Blog – We Belong To Each Other; The Disease of Racism
- ELCA Resources on Racism
Thank you for speaking and seeking the truth, for holding the need for justice high, for faith that keeps you going, overcomes adversity, and inspires many people. God bless you and your ministry. We need you, your voice, your action, in the ELCA.
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