Woodstock Family March for Black Lives!
From Enews June 4, 2020
Where is God? We have not been abandoned. God is here in the very midst of joys and sorrows of daily life, moment by moment available to any and all who know the world as the place within which God makes known the transformative possibilities of grace, mercy and love.
- Archbishop Linda Nicholls, Anglican Church of Canada, The Anglican Review
I've been thinking about you all a lot this last week with everything going on in the world. Many of us probably didn't imagine things could get any more intense than they already were with the Coronavirus. And yet, here we are: a second week into the outrage and protests over racial injustices in our country, which were made especially clear in the killing of George Floyd.
If you're like me, you're still processing it all, following the events with vested interest, trying to figure out what we do next, where we can help individually and as a community, and how God’s will can be glorified through it all.
No matter which angle you look at it, much of what we're seeing is extremely troubling. But responses of grace, mercy, love and justice are possible. Let this be a moment of lament over lives lost, of self-reflection about our own biases, of education about our nation's history, of lending our voices as allies to those who need them.
In our worship on Sunday, we will devote time to these topics through our sermon and prayers. In addition, I want to let you know about the "Woodstock stands for Black Lives" family march happening in our neighborhood this Friday at 5pm. It will be a peaceful, socially-distanced march. Participants are encouraged to wear masks and will line up on the sidewalk perimeter around All Saints on markers spaced 10 feet apart. I will be there and would love to have you join me, if you're able.
In whatever ways we pursue grace, mercy, love and justice during this, may God be with us.