Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Our human family is rocked by the impact of two more black lives cut short as the result of unnecessary and unjustified deadly force – and in response to that impact we are called into action.
On Sunday, July 10 All Saints Church will suspend “business as usual” in order to focus on ending the culture of violence that disproportionately targets black lives in our nation and fuels the fires of anger and fear that claimed the lives of five police officers in Dallas.
Zelda Kennedy will preach at the 7:30, 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. services “Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone.” There will be no education hour – for children or for adults. Instead, we are inviting all members of the parish to join in a silent prayer march – putting our bodies into action in witness to our commitment to be agents of change in our broken and hurting world.
We will begin with a silent procession out of the 9:00 service – led by the dove of peace — and continue that prayerful procession around the block, returning to the Quad Lawn. Folks not attending the 9:00 are invited to gather on the lawn and join the procession at 10:00 a.m.
We will claim the legacy of Rabbi Abraham Heschel who “prayed with his feet” when he marched in Selma as we march and pray in Pasadena. And we will recommit ourselves to the work of listening, learning, hearing and believing that we can make a difference. Part of that work will be to continue to implement the Resolution on Racial Justice adopted by the Vestry in April. Copies will be available at the table on the lawn – or you can find it here. Carlos Ruvalcaba will preach at the 1:00 p.m. Spanish service.
We encourage every member of the congregation to take the resolution and pray over it in the week ahead with special intentions for how God can use you to be part of the work of interrupting racism in all its manifestations. If you cannot be with us in person, we urge your prayers for this work during the 10:00 hour as we march – and to join us via live-streaming for both the 9:00 and 11:15 services.