This afternoon a verdict was rendered in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. For three weeks we have all been watching closely, wondering what would happen. This trial bore more weight than any should – the weight of a murder as well as the weight of the enormous fear and anxiety concerning racial injustice in our country, particularly related to people of color and the police. As you all know now, the verdict was “guilty.”
It would be naive to think that this verdict is the answer to all our concerns about race in our culture and race and policing in America. There is so much work left to do. That work will include us all. Each of us individually must do our own work around racial injustice and it will take all of us to address the ways racism is built into the fabric of our culture. But today is a huge step in the right direction.
I now ask your continued prayers for our country as we do this important work. I ask your prayers for all of those who have suffered unjustly because of the color of their skin. I ask your prayers for the family and friends of George Floyd, and yes, I ask your prayers for Derek Chauvin and his family as well. All are children of God and beloved in the Lord.
Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart that barriers which divide us may crumble suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. – BCP 823
The Rev. Chuck Treadwell
Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry will join The Episcopal Church in Minnesota (ECMN) for a virtual service of compline tonight, April 20, at 9 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. CT. The service will be held on ECMN’s Facebook page and simulcast to this page and The Episcopal Church Facebook page.