"There comes a time when silence is betrayal."
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Last month Kelly and I were going to paint a wall at the LCC; instead we had a vigil in response to the shooting in Orlando.  I can still see the eraser marks in my calendar.  We re-scheduled to paint this past Tuesday night.  There are eraser marks in my calendar again.  Because instead of painting, we held a service of prayer and lament in response to all the violence in our country born out of our racism.

The words of Martin Luther King, Jr. are ringing in my ears these days: “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”  The LCC has not been silent when it comes to experiences of the LGBTQ community.  We confess, though, that in our recent history we have been silent regarding racism.   Sure, we talk at the LCC about racism alongside sexism and other “isms.”  Sure, we participated in an Anti-Racism training as part of our service learning trip in Milwaukee, WI in 2015.  And every year we have a special worship service around Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, even inviting a Civil Rights activist from Winona as a guest speaker.  And, yes, that speaker tied the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s with the Black Lives Matter Movement of today.  But for the most part, even if we have said a few things, we have been too quiet.  

Our service of prayer and lament on Tuesday evening could be seen as a “good thing to do” in response to the senseless deaths that are taking place in our country.  But this isn’t about being “Minnesota nice.”  No, instead that service was the beginning of an intentional act of prayer we live out as a community of faith at the LCC.  The time has come when more silence or “quiet talk” is betrayal.  

Thus we move into the upcoming academic year intent on learning, listening more purposefully to our brothers/sisters/siblings of color, participating in advocacy work, and focusing our Bible study on areas of racial injustice and how our baptismal promises call us to “work for peace and justice in all the earth.”

We are truly sorry and humbly repent.  We are hungry for justice.  

We sincerely thank you for your prayers and support for this ministry.  As always, we could not do this without you.

God’s peace to us we pray,
Pastor Corrine on behalf of the LCC

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