Pastoral Address May 13

Dear HTC Family,

 Last week, whilst looking at the news, I know many of us were horrified by the tragedy of Ahmaud Arbery’s murder.
As Ahmaud was jogging in Brunswick, GA on February 23rd, 2020, father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael followed him in their truck and shot him. They were finally arrested over ten weeks after the crime. His death has inspired many to have long overdue conversations about the racial bias in each our hearts.

In responding to this news Pastor Andy Stanley, Senior Pastor of North Point Community Church in Atlanta, GA, posted this:

 “I’ve been advised not to post about the murder of Ahmaud Arbery until I calm down a bit. But that’s part of the problem, isn’t it? We calm down and go on about our business. This must end… Count me in!”

I could not agree more with Andy Stanley’s heart and spirit in this. There is some long overdue listening, learning and advocating that the white community needs to do for our black brothers and sisters. I need to be willing to risk discomfort to speak out against injustice.

Our church, our city, and our nation need our actions and it needs our prayers.

I want to invite you to join Dr Erin Clifford and myself this Thursday at 3pm, as we lead a special interactive ‘Service of Lamentation and Confession’.

This is only the beginning and we will have more opportunity’s in the future to discuss the consequences of racism individually and as a faith community. Our Racial Unity committee is putting together a network of folks who are passionate about these issues at HTC. If you’d like to be included in that list, please email Jenny Rice at jennyrice@htc.us.

https://zoom.us/j/94496726950?pwd=Uk9iMEVPZWhlNVVIUmc1YTdyS0pPQT09Meeting ID: 944 9672 6950
Password: 533231

Your friend,

Derek+

Rev Derek Rust (in consultation with The HTC Racial Unity Committee)

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