Following up on my statement from Saturday, as we enter a
second day of mandatory curfew in DC and in the midst of protest
and a pandemic, I imagine that the last week has been
extraordinarily difficult to bear for most people, as it has been
The killing of George Floyd is deeply disturbing and so incredibly
painful to watch. And, it demands justice.
It is images like these that evoke thoughts from my youth that, no
matter how much I try to suppress them, simmer just beneath the
surface. I know how it feels to be gazed upon with suspicion for no
other reason than the color of my skin. I know what it is like to
lose someone extremely close to my family to a police officer’s
bullet. I have been arrested and know what excessive use of force
feels like. As traumatic as my experiences are to me, I know that,
sadly, they are not unique.
While the facts may differ, the killings of George Floyd, Breonna
Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery are each reprehensible, as have been
countless other deaths of black men, women, boys, and girls that
have occurred at the hands of law enforcement and at the expense of
justice. This repetition of the unjust and illegal killing of
African American people is part of the collective trauma of being
black in America.
Our country’s history of slavery and racial segregation is well
known and deeply rooted. To this day, race continues to shape the
political, economic, social, and cultural institutions of our
society nationally and here in the District of Columbia. Race
permeates the lived experiences of all Americans yet insidiously
caste black people as inferior and assigns black lives less value.
This must end.
In times like these, when emotions are high and protests abound, as
difficult as it may be, we must move beyond simply reassessing a
problem that has long been apparent and move toward action—action
that is intentional and results in solutions that address the root
causes of racial inequities. The destruction to property and lives
that has followed many of these protests is a dangerous and
unnecessary distraction from the real issues we must confront.
This is a seminal moment. It has never been more evident than now
that commitment to true justice for people of color—particularly
for black descendants of slaves—must collectively be our most
In recent years, and especially over the course of the COVID-19
pandemic, I have observed many people, including individuals
working in government, nonprofits, and the private sector, speak
repeatedly about equity and inclusion. The phrase has been used so
often that I have begun to wonder about its usefulness. What I know
about the body of which I am a member is that we fund our
priorities. If the health and economic well-being as well as the
safety and sanctity of black lives is important to this Council and
this Mayor, then we will dedicate the resources needed to ensure
those priorities are met.
I will not support any further efforts to convene task forces that
simply rehash well-known statistics or promise future resources
that never materialize. I will fight to create policies and support
a budget that reflects what we say we believe. People in leadership
must do the things necessary to close the gaps between how black
people and live in America and how others live. If we talk about it
and then do nothing, we do not belong in positions of power.
Without distraction, I remain committed to these ideals.
The annual PentecostConcert is St. Martin’s
fundraiser to help families in need (food, rent, etc.) at this difficult time.Thank you to all of you that
have made a donation to the 2020 Pentecost Concert.
From: St. George's DC
Sent: Sunday, May 31, 2020 8:18 AM Subject:Today's Sunday Service at 0945 ~ St. George's ~ St. Luke's ~
Worship with us Today - 0945
George's Episcopal Church
Today's Sunday Worship
St. George's ~ St. Luke's
31, 2020 we will worship via zoom joining St. Luke's and
Calvary live. St. Luke's and Calvary have been worshiping
together since our closure began. They have invited us to join
them. An alternative to joining on Zoom is to watch it live
streamed on St. George's facebook page. We will also post it
to St. George's YouTube page for viewing post livestream.
for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist on Pentecost Sunday.
The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde presides and the Most Rev.
Michael B. Curry preaches.
Weekly Bible Study Today
Study continues via the online platform Zoom. Please join us on Sundays at 9:00 am as we
explore and deepen our understanding of scripture based on the
Lectionary lessons. You don't have to know anything about
the Bible - just bring your heart. We will meet virtually.
Prayer: The beauty of our Episcopal tradition and the Book
of Common Pray is that even if we cannot gather with our church
community, we can pray with our church. We can pray together
online. We can pray at the same time. We can pray knowing that
somewhere in the world, others are saying the same prayers we
are. We can pray knowing that we are always joined in prayer with
the company of heaven. When we pray, we are never alone.
the People: Please
keep me informed of anyone from the parish that we should add to
the parish prayer list. Also, please help me with upcoming
birthdays and anniversaries as we update our records so that we
as a community hold each other in prayer.
Together: Let us ask God to guide us, Jesus to abide in us,
and the Holy Spirit to strengthen us. "God of Grace and God
of Glory...grant us
wisdom, grant us courage for the facing of this hour." (Hymn 594 - The Hymnal 1982)