A Role for St. Stephen’s in Wake of Violence

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In her Sunday homily, the Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy began with a question:   “What narrative shall we tell ourselves about the current violence in our country?”  Consider your answer, she said.  “Please don’t let it be, ‘It has nothing to do with me.’”

As the country reels from the killing of two black men and the subsequent murders of five police officers, the Rev. Jo-Ann said that we must take a personal role in helping the country atone for the sin of racism.Screen Shot 2016-07-11 at 4.54.39 PM

“Our commitment to our baptismal covenant shows us the way forward – to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves and to strive for justice among all people, respecting the dignity of every human being,”  She said.  “I pray we will hold fast to those obligations in the coming days.

“I wonder how St. Stephen’s can be part of a just way forward? We are well-known for our compassion and inclusiveness. This parish is ideally poised to play a major role in conversations about a future that promises justice and fairness for all, in particular, justice and fairness for our neighbors in the West Grove.”

The full text of her homily is posted here.