2020 Racial Justice Sunday June 14
Clergy are called to join together by leading in their local worship service a SILENT WITNESS FOR JUSTICE. There are so many words. Many of us need to listen more, feel more, and understand more than we need to continue talking. In that spirit, the Council calls clergy to “sacrifice” a few minutes of this Sabbath’s worship time to lead your congregation in a SILENT WITNESS of a few minutes (up to 8 minutes and 46 seconds). We know asking clergy to give up minutes of preaching time is like asking you to give up your mother, spouse, or favorite pet. Do it anyway–if not this Sabbath a Sabbath soon.
A Silent Witness for Justice (worshippers may sit, stand, or kneel).
This Silent Witness for Justice is not for one but thousands of injustices. It is a silent witness to the suffering inflicted by the false ideology of white supremacy. A silent witness to the many who have justly raised their voices pleading for justice in law enforcement. A silent witness to the hundreds of thousands of many races who have and are marching for justice. A silent witness to more than 400 years of racial and cultural injustice in the story of the fully promised yet un-lived American truth of freedom and justice for all.
O God our hope in ages past, our hope for years to come. Help us learn from the past, work for social justice in the present, and hope for the beloved community to take place.
Be our guardian and stay O God. Help us to explore our own complicity in causing social injustice, prejudice, and racism.
We talk about systematic racism and the structures that propagate it. May we examine our own racism and our own accountability. O God forgive us we pray.
May we examine ourselves before judging others. May we honestly attempt to know one another by sharing our stories and dialogue to understand the other. Help us to look hon d the structures that propagate it. May we examine our own racism and our own accountability. O God forgive us we pray.
May we examine ourselves before judging others. May we honestly attempt to know one another by sharing our stories and dialogue to understand the other. Help us to look honestly at all the factors that perpetuate racism in our society as we do what we can to combat it.
Let us reason together. Amen.
— by the Rev. Chuck Clary, Pastor, First Christian Church, Columbia
June 14, 2020 selected Scripture Commentary and Reflection
–by Dr. Adrian Bird