Charlottesville—Our American Baptist Witness

In witnessing the actions too horrible to comprehend, and impossible to stop considering, thinking and feeling people have needed to ask ourselves, who are we really, as a country—and as a people residing on the same soil? Our incomplete historical memories are infused with mythology and aspirations of who we are. Have we forgotten who we really have been historically, and replaced it with who we want to be as a nation and as a people of this nation? Who we say we are, and who want to be are not necessarily the same.

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We are not forsaken; we are cast down, but we are not defeated.

Not only are we called to remember who we are, but we are called to be conscious of the experiences of others who have reportedly been targeted with violence, harassment; some have even been stripped of sacred wraps by so-called disciples of the elected leader, who in their actions and words have declared that there is no longer a place in our country for those of different religious and life expressions. Brothers and sisters, we must resist this evil.

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Prayers for Peace in Charlotte Requested - Black Lives Matter!

African Americans there who were grandparents seemed to be experiencing post-traumatic stress syndrome. They recounted horror stories from decades past, and expressed their age-long hope that because they had gone through the targeting and violence so many years ago, that their children and grandchildren would not have to experience it themselves.

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Remembering 9/11

When any significant life event happens, the details of its unfolding seem to be captured in our memories like a photograph. The September 11, 2001, attacks, known as 9/11, became a day that jolted our lives, confronted our assumptions about our relative security, and raised the enduring question anew, “Who is my neighbor and who are our neighbors?”

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