Let justice roll down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.
While I have always been proud to be your bishop, this week I have deeply moved by the collective courage and conviction you have shown. This is a crucible moment in our country. Presiding Bishop Curry reminds us that as followers of Jesus we are to ask ourselves, “What would love do?” Then we are to go and do what love requires.
One of our churches has been a focus of attention this week, but you have been clear that our focus is on the issues that have caused so many to engage in peaceful protest. As the Rev. Dr. Gayle Fisher Stuart said so well, “I hope the outrage over the continuing abuse and destruction of black lives is as great as the outrage over the president holding a bible in front of a church.” To that I say, amen. Let’s keep our focus where it belongs.
When I was being interviewed as a candidate for bishop nine years ago, someone asked me if I were elected, would I be a voice for social justice. My response was that I wanted to be known as the bishop of a diocese committed to social justice. You are that diocese and I am in awe of you.
Still, we are all being called to a deeper commitment now. There is much discerning, prayerful work to be done. Thanks to all who are rising to meet this moment with faith, hope, and love.
May God grant us strength and courage for the living of this hour.