Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Charlottesville

8/14/2017

Dear Friends,

As I have read and heard reports about the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, my heart has been filled with grief. I grieve:

  • for those who were killed;
  • for those who were injured physically;
  • for those who feel hurt and unsafe as a result of the incident;
  • that racism continues to be a prevalent reality in our country.

Grief often brings me to my knees in prayer. So I have also prayed. I pray for a day when:

  • racism no longer exists;
  • injustice of every kind is a distant memory;
  • evil of any sort is eradicated from individual hearts, groups and nations.

Prayer often moves me to action. I acted by . . .

  • reaching out to friends and colleagues in the aftermath of Charlottesville;
  • writing this blog;
  • asking God to show me ways in which I unknowingly contribute to the sins of injustice and racism;
  • committing to identify and take intentional steps that lead to a more just society.

I invite you to join me in grieving, praying and acting in response to the Charlottesville event. Together we can make a difference in addressing the hatred, injustice and racism that exists in our communities, nation and world.

As always it is a privilege to serve as your bishop.

Blessings,
Debra Wallace-Padgett
Resident Bishop
North Alabama Conference


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