Archbishop Foley Beach has called the ACNA to a week of fasting and prayer in light of recent events in our nation, especially the “senseless killing by a police officer of an unarmed black man, George Floyd.” All of us at Brazos Fellows join in offering these prayers for justice and racial healing in our nation. And we add our voices to the many in ACNA who recognize the need for confession, commitment, and change in the Letter on Anti-Racism and a More Diverse and Just Anglicanism:
We see and grieve the racism and discrimination that exists and has a deep cultural and structural influence in our society, in our communities, and in our churches. The recent tragedies of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd are simply the latest in a long line of harrowing examples of these deeply embedded systemic realities. We see and grieve that our brothers and sisters of color, including many in our own dioceses and parishes, have been and continue to be profoundly affected by these realities.
Against this backdrop, we offer the following confessions and make the following commitments.
Please read the whole letter here–and consider adding your name.
While we cannot provide anything close to a comprehensive list of resources for further viewing and / or reading, we commend the following to our readers:
- Fr. Esau McCaulley on protests and riots.
- A free download of the “Formed for Justice Conference” featuring Christina Edmondson, Daniel Hill, Gabriel Salguero, Jemar Tisby, Soong-Chan Rah, and Timothy J. Keller, among others.
- Dr. Anthony Bradley, professor of religion, theology and ethics at The King’s College podcast on George Floyd, police reform, and riots.
- “George Floyd and Me” by Shai Linne
- “What Ahmaud Arbery’s Death Recalls About Lynching and Church History” by Malcolm Foley, erstwhile guest instructor for Brazos Fellows.
- For more from Malcolm, see this webinar on racial healing and pastoral care: