Statement in Response to the Killing of George Floyd
Dear Friends in Christ,
Like all of you, we are heartbroken and angry about the killing of George Floyd. This horrific act of violence reveals deep racial injustices that continue to be present in our common life.
We are grateful for and fully supportive of the lay and ordained leaders who are joining those protesting this injustice and keeping vigil in its aftermath.
We hope that, as the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, we will choose to do something, and commit again to the work of racial reconciliation and justice. We are writing to ask all Minnesota Episcopalians to join us, as a start, in taking action. (Go to Social Justice page for actions)
Finally, we recognize that this work needs to be ongoing for a long time to come. The systemic racism revealed in the killing of George Floyd is not limited to police precincts, it is also present in our own church. The work of repentance and reconciliation is work we hope that we can all hold one another accountable to in the years to come.
While there are no easy answers to everything unfolding around us, as followers of Jesus, we always have a clear question: what does love look like?
We pray that we might walk the way of love, witness to the way of love, and join with the Holy Spirit in turning the nightmare our world can be into the dream that God longs to bring about.
Bishop Brian N. Prior & Bishop-elect Craig Loya
The Episcopal Church in Minnesota
Currently, we are in very uncertain and difficult time as we respond to the unprecedented global pandemic of COVID-19. This virus is dangerous and has caused serious illness, and even death, to thousands of people. It is expected that the worst is yet to come. The only way for us to minimize the damage from this disease is to slow the spread of the virus by following the government and public health professionals’ mandate to shut down public spaces like schools, bars, restaurants, (and churches), and by physically distancing ourselves from each other.
Now, more than ever, we understand that you, the members of our faith community, are looking to us, your Priest-in-Charge and Vestry, for moral and spiritual guidance and to safeguard your health. In this light, we have decided to CANCEL all worship services at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (starting, Sunday, March 22nd, 2020) for the foreseeable future and until otherwise directed by the Authorities.
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