This was a terrible week leading up to Pentecost Sunday, with a White woman making false accusations about a Black man, the police murdering George Floyd in Minneapolis, and people across the nation understandably protesting the continued acts of aggression and racism faced by Black Americans and other People of Color.
In the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear?”– Martin Luther King, Jr.
We understand. But understanding is not enough. It must lead us somewhere. The miracle of Pentecost would have meant nothing had something not grown out of it. We need the solidarity that comes from the Holy Spirit’s movement among us. We as a congregation are not having this conversation for the first time about how to undo white supremacy. But we are being asked anew by the Holy Spirit, “what do you have for us to hear today that will lead us to the new work God has for us?”