Stamp Out Racism
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you. + 2 Corinthians 4:8
Today, thousands of people are gathering together to say goodbye to Michael Brown, the 18-year-old, African American teenager who was shot, six times, and killed by officer Darren Wilson on August 9th.
Our prayer today is that this service will bring God’s peace, hope, love, comfort, and healing near… Our prayer is that everyone in that church and around this great country will not be driven to despair, will not feel forsaken or destroyed… Our prayer is that we will all carry in our bodies the suffering and death of Jesus, so that his life might also be made visible in our flesh…
Finally, to help honor Michael Brown, Treyvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Thomas Shipp, Abram Smith, and all the young men of color who have laid down their lives for the sake of God’s new world that is coming on earth as it already is in heaven, we would like to send a free copy of “Strange Fruit” to everyone and every church that wants to explore both the dreadful legacy of racism and the tireless creativity of the human spirit to overcome it.
If you’d like us to send you or your congregation the film and accompanying study guide, please leave your address in the comment section below or email Liz: firstname.lastname@example.org
Peace and love,
The SALT Team