Pastor Frances W Rosenau addressed the violence in Charlottesville directly in her sermon on August 13th:
“White supremacy is a particular kind of evil. It’s an evil that says some people are better and others deserve hatred. We are not talking about another viewpoint to be debated. This is hatred; this is terrorism. As Christians we have a moral obligation to name it as such.
“When people use the name of my God to spout hate, it makes me go deeper into my faith: to read scripture more, to get to know Jesus more, to pray more. Because I know Jesus very well, and I know his Love. That’s where I get my courage from.
“In Debby Irving’s book Waking Up White, she describes her journey acknowledging and learning about her own white privilege. She was trained as an educator and describes anti-bullying training. Traditionally, the focus used to be on scolding the bully and comforting the victim. Now, training has more to do with empowering the bystanders as well. Many children are grateful to have tools and language to stand up to a bully and stand with the victim. You can’t be neutral in the face of bullying. And, you can’t be neutral in the face of racism, says Irving. Wherever you locate yourself – bully, victim, or bystander – we have to reject racism and stand together.”
Our regional Presbytery also sent the following message to churches in LA. :
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