August 19th, 2014

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

Jesus Wept

Sunday before last, August 10, at the 11:15 service, we had several baptisms in the historic sanctuary of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas.  Part of the ceremony includes those already baptized reaffirming their baptismal vows, both in support of those being baptized, and to remind themselves and each other of what those vows are…what the responsibility is, of those brought into this new life.

One of the ritual questions is this:  “Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?”  To which the answer is “I will, with God’s help.”

On Saturday, August 9, Michael Brown, an 18 year old African American, was walking with a friend when confronted by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.  Witnesses say that Brown was unarmed, standing in the street with his hands in the air, begging Wilson not to shoot him when  Wilson fired multiple rounds and Brown fell down.  Other police officers arrived shortly thereafter.  None of the police officers checked Brown’s pulse to see if he was alive and they refused to allow a nurse to do so or anyone to start CPR.

Instead, they left Michael Brown’s body lying in the street for four hours, without even the decency of a sheet over it, thus angering the community by showing contempt for the victim and potentially contaminating and/or destroying evidence.

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