Foley Beach, the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America has called us to prayer over the racial tensions in our communities.
He includes these wise observations: “the events in Tulsa and Charlotte continue to foster and deepen fear, mistrust, anxiety, and a simmering frustration in our cities here in the States. African-Americans are becoming more and more fearful of the police in their communities and the violence of the protestors, and the police are becoming more and more fearful of getting arrested for doing their jobs.”
His letter to the church begins:
Dear Friends in Christ,
I am writing to ask you to join me in prayer for the communities of Tulsa, OK, and Charlotte, NC;
for those who have lost loved ones;
for those who grieve;
for those falsely accused;
for those who have acted wrong;
for those who fired the shots;
for those living in fear;
for those expressing their anger;
for those threatened with injustice;
for police officers;
for community leaders;
and for the Christians in these communities.
May the peace of Jesus Christ rule in every heart, and may the grace of God prevail in every precious life for only in Christ can we have true peace with one another.
Bishop Todd Hunter of Churches for the Sake of Others (my bishop), wrote these words of encouragement and action:
“In C4SO we are known for planting churches, raising up and sending leaders—as we should be. But fewer people understand the vision that animates that mission. Here it is: our vision, the end-goal that focuses our life together, is to see God’s unshakable Kingdom come – the flourishing of its righteousness, peace and joy for every person. It is obvious that for some individuals and some groups of people human flourishing is challenged by systemic and personal evil. In the news now is the racial challenges in our country. Please engage with your community in ways that seem good to you and the Holy Spirit.”
Lord in your mercy,
hear our prayer.