Dear Christ Church Cathedral Family and Friends,
What began this week as a celebration of the hard-won liberties of our nation on July 4 quickly devolved into a week of violence that has made America a crucible of change.
We witnessed first-hand, through video recording, the horror of the deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile in Minneapolis. Protests formed across the nation, most of them peaceful. Then, at a protest in Dallas, a twenty-five-year-old Army veteran opened fire on police, killing five and injuring seven, along with two civilians. He was later killed by an explosive device.
Three more cities, another mass shooting, on top of the repeated violence and unrest we have seen in recent weeks, including here in our city of Mobile. Americans, including myself and many of you, are in shock—angry, confused, fearful, and uncertain of a way forward. Our confidence in leadership is on the verge of crisis.
Our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, has called our church to prayer this week, asking us to pray for all the victims and their families, for the communities effected and our own community, and for peace and reconciliation. I have asked Canon Wagner to pray with you today, using the prayers that I used three weeks ago at the Interfaith Prayer Service held at Government Street Presbyterian Church. These will be made available to you electronically early in the week and in print next Sunday.
Please know that I hold you all—along with our community, nation, and world—in my prayers during the upcoming weeks. We are God’s people, called to hope and active faith; God is with us, and nothing will prevail against Him.