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A word regarding Charlottesville

From General Minister and President Terri Hord Owens –

Sisters and brothers, my heart breaks at the violence this weekend in Charlottesville – the loss of life, the dishonoring of children of God, the vile insults hurled and the wounds of history reopened. I pray for the family of the woman who died. I pray in praise of the peaceful demonstrators. We cannot take backward steps fueled by hatred. We cannot be silent when the humanity of black persons is being assaulted and terrorized.

The commandment in 1 John 4:20 calls us to account: “Those who say, ‘I love God,’ and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.”

And so let us love one another as we love God. With such love, we are compelled to stand for justice, and walk in peace.

5 Responses to “A word regarding Charlottesville”

  1. I am the pastor at Charlottesville’s only Disciples of Christ Church: Park Street Christian. I am grateful for my regional director’s outreach as well as many other churches in the Commonwealth. Our church is located less than 2 miles from the Rally Space. I participated in the Clergy Collective. If you have any means of continued support and need a point of contact I am available.

  2. Your words have been adapted into a prayer which I’ve posted on Worship Words at http://worshipwords.co.uk/a-prayer-for-charlottesville-1-john-420/ . Thank you Terri, Ana

    • Jonathan Moody:

      Thanks, Ana, for this prayer form of Terri’s statement. I will use it in church tomorrow. I am doing some filling in while we await our newly-called pastor. It was nice to see your name and know you are still around and active.

  3. Just to let you all know (if you don’t):
    From an interfaith collective in Charlottesville, posted August 23:

    Congregate C’ville

    This weekend we have the pleasure of hosting The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber and other partners from the Moral Movement! Please join us at the LoveOverFear Call to Conscience service on Saturday and the Forum for the Nation: A Public Conversation teach-in on Sunday.
    We call on faith communities around the country to join us in denouncing the evil of white nationalism. We must get to work, addressing our complicity with white supremacy.