It is out of our deep and abiding love for the neighbor that, effective immediately, we are cancelling Sunday worship, all programming, committee and working group meetings, choirs, and other events until at least September 13, at which time we will re-evaluate. Read the letter sent out by the pastors and the church council here.
May 27 was an eventful evening. In cooperation with Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, we opened the building to serve as a medic station and immediately began serving people with a variety of injuries–most of them tear gas related. Early this morning (May 28), we lost power (along with many others in the neighborhood). Apart from that minor inconvenience, our building and both affordable housing apartment buildings made it safely through the night. Thank you to the congregants who spent the evening at Holy Trinity–not to safeguard its contents, but to tend to the sick, the grieving, the fearful, the hungry.
The scene has calmed a bit, enough for folks to get out and survey our beloved Lake Street. it’s tempting to focus our attention on the destruction that the neighborhood experienced last night–the fires, the windows, the merchandise lost, the tagging. (Believe me, my tears fell alongside yours this morning as the sun rose. After all, Longfellow is my home.) I’d invite all of us to remember that these are but symptoms of a society that has suffered for far too long under the crushing weight of inequality. As people of faith, we mourn the losses of last night; the landscape of our neighborhood has been forever changed. As people of faith, we also refuse to let anything distract us from the brutal violence and years of systemic disparities that brought us here, right here.
Many of you have asked how you can help:
- If you pray, we’d welcome your prayers.
- If you don’t pray, but are willing to try something new, we’d welcome your prayers, too.
- We have received enough supplies for now.
- Financial donations can be given through Holy Trinity’s website. When asked to choose a fund, select “other” and simply type “justice.” We will ensure every penny helps those who find their way into our care. We’ll also share generously with our justice partners, without whom we cannot do this work.
This Sunday is Pentecost–the day of the church year when we celebrate the Spirit’s presence in and among us. As helicopters circle above me, I’m leaning into the promise of an Advocate, who offers comfort, inspires creativity, cultivates strength, and beckons us–always, always, always beckons us–closer to God’s vision for the world.
The Community Church Newsletter for May 31, 2020, is now available.
This week is the Seventh Sunday of Easter. We welcome Bishop Ann Svennungsen as our preacher and Assistant to the Bishop Craig Pederson for the service of installation for Pastor Doug Mork. The worship service can be found here.
We invite you to find bread or crackers, wine or grape juice (or any morsel of food and sip of liquid) in your house and celebrate Holy Communion with all of us.
The Community Church Newsletter for May 24, 2020, is now available.