Some one hundred people — in person, masked, and and social distanced — stood outside First & Central Presbyterian Church on Friday, June 19 — Juneteenth — and then walked silently and prayerfully to our church. Our hope was to shine a light on the recent death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and on so many other similar, needless deaths while in police custody.
Before we started walking, Presbyterian Elder Ellen J. Roberts, Rev. Dr. Alison Halsey, Fr. David Andrews, and U.S. Senator Chris Coons spoke to us. In the audience were representatives of other churches including Concord Presbyterian, Grace Methodist, Riverfront Church, Trinity Episcopal, and Westminster Presbyterian. Also there was the Rt. Rev. Kevin Brown, Bishop of the Diocese of Delaware.
We all then walked southwest on Market Street and made our way to the SsAM parking lot, where people gathered under the “Black Lives Matter” banner that had been painted by our members and hung on the side of our church on June 1. Then, for eight minutes and 46 seconds — the amount of time that the police officer knelt on George Floyd’s neck, killing him — we knelt in prayer.
- THE NEXT WALK
- White Fragility: Repairing The Breach — a video conference with Canon Casson, Rabbi Krantz, and Father David on June 28.
- SsAM members paint and hang a “Black Lives Matter” banner on Monday, June 1, 2020.
- The Church and the Bible are not to be used as a Photo Op — Fr. David preaches.
- Worship With Us Via Video
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