2016 General Election Response

Community Renewal Society

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

The results of the presidential election have left some of us shocked and deeply troubled. Others of us are afraid of what this may mean on a personal level, especially if we are women, immigrants, persons of color, LGBTQ and returning citizens. Some of us are grieving. Has our nation become a place where violence in word and deed against women, people of color, immigrants, Muslims, people with disabilities, and the like has become acceptable and endorsed through electoral politics?

I am also deeply troubled, like many of you, by the response of Chicago residents in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood in the wake of the recent police involved murder of another African-American man.  Although details of this incident are still being sorted out, the videos coming from the protests are cause for pause. The visuals of white people emerging from their homes to express their disdain for Black Lives Matter protesters is reminiscent of white Chicago residents coming out of their homes to throw rocks at Martin Luther King 50 years ago. Is this 2016 or 1966?

“And what does God require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 7:9)

As people of faith, we are called to regroup and stand together to challenge and dismantle racism, misogyny, homophobia, and other forms of bigotry.  And then we must work towards healing and reconciliation.  Join us this Saturday, November 12 at 8:30 a.m. for our Annual Membership Assembly.  We will gather together to pray, fortify and encourage one another, and move forward toward creating real change and real justice. 

I look forward to sharing learnings from our listening process and recommendations for even more efforts addressing racial justice over the next three years.  Let’s work to break down the barriers to our living out the Beloved Community!

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