While the violent action of a police officer against a homeless man who simply wanted to use the restroom is intolerable, no less violent, morally deplorable and worthy of condemnation are the actions of the city officials who put in place laws that criminalized homelessness.
Inner city communities across the country are gentrifying. It not primarily the fault of the church, but that does not mean we are not at fault and have not been complicit in the displacement of people who once called these communities homes.
We are deeply concerned that the execution of Kelly Gissendaner is scheduled to be carried out on Monday, March 2, by the State of Georgia.
It’s hard to imagine Jesus saying anything else to Kelly Gissendaner, or Jodi Arias, except those words he said to the woman in the Gospel: I love you. You are forgiven. Go and sin no more.
Perhaps it is no surprise that alongside constant stories of death from Paris and Nigeria to Ferguson and NY, there is a surge of opposition to the death penalty in the U.S. It just feels strange to protest another ISIS beheading and then watch another botched execution in the U.S.
As I reflect on the memory of that memorial walk across the bridge, I am reminded that we are still longing for and singing, "Oh freedom. . ."