A Word from Eldonna Given in Worship on August 13, 2017

I want to take a moment this morning to address the violence in Charlottesville, Virgina. Last Friday night an interfaith prayer service was planned in anticipation of a "Unite the Right" rally on Saturday led by white nationalists. Rev. Traci Blackmon, Executive Minister of Justice and Witness ministry of the United Church of Christ was present at the vigil representing the UCC.
 
Traci said, "The service last night was intended to be a moment of motivation, a moment of prayer, and a moment of encouragement for people who wanted to provide faithful witness of love anticipating today's  (Saturday's) march." 
 
As the prayer service was wrapping up, hundreds of alt-right members holding torches converged on the church, marching through the University of Virginia grounds. 
 
And again on Saturday morning, tension followed another prayer service, as clergy linked arms outside an entrance to Emancipation Park in the face of militia members with automatic weapons.
 
Traci was removed by security as she was doing an interview in order to keep her safe.  As of this morning three people have died, many others have been injured. 
 
It saddens me that so many people worked so hard in the fifties, sixties and seventies to make this a safer place for people of color, only to now be taking steps backwards. 
 
Prayers are needed - yes they are needed, but action is needed as well.  Jesus did not teach white supremacy - Jesus wasn't even white!!  Jesus taught us to love our neighbor.  Please, if you hear nothing else today - let your voice be heard that our brothers and sisters with black skin are children of God.  Those of us with white skin are no better or worse.  We are equals.
 
~ Eldonna Hazen
 

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