The Ongoing Cycle of Violence Against Black Americans

Dear Members and Friends,

In light of the recent wave of killings of African Americans and the ensuing civil unrest, I have written the attached article that several papers throughout the state have agreed to publish. However, as members of my spiritual family, it is vital that you receive it before others.

It was written after much conversation with black and brown Vermonters from different regions of the state, sensing the heightened frustration and anxiety they and white Vermonters feel toward the growing hostility against people of color, and the inaction on the part of our president to offer any constructive solutions.

As your pastor, I am convinced that “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26), and that the spirit of divine love and justice will shepherd us through these desperate times. During this pandemic, I am especially attuned to the need of increasing opportunities for our members to be informed and in touch with each other; and I will employ all possible means to avail myself to your advice and insights during this wilderness journey we take together.

Blessings,

Pastor Arnold

READ Pastor Arnold’s Article (PDF)

RESOURCES

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America reaffirms commitment to combat racism. READ THE STATEMENT signed by ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton and Bishops of all the Synods.

Nine Minutes of Prayer, thoughts by Bishop James Hazelwood. “… As St. Paul writes, ‘When one part of us is wounded we are all wounded.’   It is in that spirit I stand with those who are targets of racist ideologies and actions….” READ FULL ARTICLE.


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