Black Lives Matter
In the last week, we have seen, in horrific detail, the murders of two black men at the hands of police. The murders of five police officers during a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas only compounded the tragedy.
The deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile serve as a stark reminder of the ways white supremacy and systemic racism stack the deck of the criminal justice system against Black people. Police officers take black lives. Mainstream media smears the victim. Prosecutors tip the scales in favor of police offenders. Killers face no consequences.
Eliminating the daily threat to Black lives posed by law enforcement will require systemic change, and demands action from all of us. We will each have to commit to doing our part, but there is also more that our leaders, especially the Attorney General, can, and must do. The Department of Justice (DOJ) must step in to ensure the full investigation and prosecution of the police officers who killed Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, and any law enforcement officials who brutalize or kill Black people.
Laudato Si: A 9 Minute Video of Praise
On June 18th, 2015 Pope Francis issued ‘Laudato Si’. This Spring, we worked to bring you a nine-minute video for your use in teaching and preaching. Using seven Scripture passages that tell of Jesus meeting people after his Resurrection, we interspersed quotes from Pope Francis’s Encyclical–‘Laudato Si’