All Saints Statement from
Rally for Justice & Peace
Chaplin Park June 7, 2020
“I WILL, WITH GOD’S HELP”
Good evening, my name is Pam Fahrner, an Associate Priest at All Saints Episcopal Church. I bring with me the sorrow of my fellow clergy and church members. We grieve with you over the needless and violent death of yet another African American brother, George Floyd, and all of those who have tragically gone before him. Racism is an intolerable sin.
Nearly every week, in our worship service we collectively ask for forgiveness of our sins. We say “We have not loved you with our whole heart. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent....” And we have fallen short. We have not stood up for our brothers and sisters, even though we know that they suffer from terrible injustice and we have been complicit in our silence.
In our faith, we make promises… “Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being? And we respond… I will, with God’s help.” Over and over, we have made these promises, …but again, we have fallen short. The burden is on us to amend our ways. The work is ours to do.
Part of living a faithful life is being willing to live selflessly looking outward to bring justice and peace and fundamental fairness to a world that often seeks self-interest. The national Episcopal Church has abundant resources on anti-racism training, and we are going to use them to educate ourselves. We are committing to examining ourselves, and to understanding how our white privilege and implicit bias contribute to the perpetuation of racism by individuals. We are committing to learning about and finding ways to dismantle systemic racism. We are committing to developing ways in which we can take action. We are committing to supporting the endeavors of our brothers and sisters of color. We are committing to deep listening and sharing fellowship. We are committing to uphold the promises we make to strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.
It is our belief that we are called to unity under a God who loves everyone with no exceptions. The burden is on us. We will learn, pray and act. We want to journey with you. We will, with God’s help. “Life is short and there is not much time… to gladden the hearts of those who make the journey with us. So be swift to love and make haste to be kind. In the name of the holy one.” Amen.