During this time when we have suspended in-person worship so that we may care for our neighbors and diminish the spread of the novel coronavirus, video recordings of GLC's services are posted online <www.urbanfaith.org/worship> each week by 10am Sunday; the services remain accessible there and also on the GLC Facebook page.
Today congregations across the ELCA remember "the Emanuel Nine" who were killed June 17, 2015 while sharing in Bible Study at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. In this remembering we repent of the sins of racism and white supremacy which continue to plague this church and our world. We commit to listening more, especially to the wisdom, lived experience, and leadership of our black- and brown-skinned siblings.
Many resource lists are available these days; here is one from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. And here's a link to the book by Austin Channing Brown (I'm Still Here) from which Pr Joanne read a brief excerpt in today's homily. The song, "Lament," by Mark Miller is available on YouTube. (The scripture passage Pr Joanne considers today is from Romans.)
Amid the calls for racial justice these weeks, we observe also that today is the anniversary of the birth of Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811). We give thanks for the impact of her Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) to energize anti-enslavement work.