On Saturday, June 20, hundreds of youth and young adults took to the streets of Minneapolis with “A Cry for Justice and Healing, an outreach event aimed at rebuilding the city and regaining a sense of peace.
The event, held in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder on May 25, was attended by more than 350 volunteers, 16 Adventist churches, and officials from three conferences (Lake Region, Central States, and Minnesota Conference).
Wisconsin pastors met in person for the first time in several months and dialogued on the impact the lock-down had on their ministries. Comments ranged from: "I’ve had more connection with members now than I had before when not using so much internet and phone" to "Wondering now what is the best way to make connections with the people we don’t know but who have connected with our sites during the pandemic."
Special programs addressing the killing will air this weekend in the following
This evening, Friday, June 5 at 8:30 p.m. EDT, Andrews University Chaplain
Jose Bourget and VP Michael Nixon are hosting a Facebook Live broadcast of
“Against the Wall: #runstandbreath4justice,” which will be a time to gather as a community, and a time to lament, pray and contemplate and pursue
constructive discussion. You may watch the musical tributes and panel
discussion on Andrews University’s Facebook page.
The officers of the Lake Union are heartbroken over the recent tragic death of George Floyd, one of many unarmed African Americans who have died during an encounter with local law enforcement officers. This latest tragedy sparked a wave of protests across our nation, protests mostly made up of people e pressing their pain and anger of seeing more people of color needlessly die at the hands of those whose role it is to serve and protect the people in their communities. Amadou Diallo, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray, Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Atatiana Jefferson, Ahmaud Arbery and now George Floyd are all names that are now sadly familiar to many African Americans, who have experienced additional trauma due to the increased exposure of black death.