PRAYER EVERY WEDNESDAY 6 PM-6:15 PM DIAL-IN NUMBER 712.

THE WESTERN EPISCOPAL DISTRICT 
OF THE
  AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL ZION CHURCH
Bishop Staccato Powell, Presiding Prelate
 
Dare to Believe
Statement on the Recent Violence

 

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate only love can do that.”   
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We the members of the Western Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church vehemently condemn the senseless and cowardly acts of terror, violence, hatred and racism that is permeating our country. We mourn with others around the nation, and indeed the world, the many lives lost due to the unspeakable and hideous tragedies that has taken place these past few days with the loss of eleven precious lives of our Jewish brothers and sisters from the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania while in a prayer service. Our hearts are heavy over the pointless murders of two African Americans in Jeffersontown, Kentucky when a gunman first attempted to break into an African American church and when he couldn’t, sought to walk in Kroger’s Grocery store and randomly shoot these two people. Add to these two heinous acts the attempted assassination attempts via a mail bomb of our political and civic leaders, including former President Barack Obama, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters and others. And today, the loss of a high school male student shot by a fellow student in the hallway of a North Carolina school near Charlotte, signals another unfathomable gun violence involving our children. Grieving loved ones are asking if the evil of hate and terror is taking over the power of love and peace. Crying mothers are asking what can be done, if anything. Our frightened and helpless children are becoming numb to the ravages of violence and bigotry and wondering if this is a way of life?  They are screaming out to us to please stop the madness, stop the destruction of our families and communities. We wonder if God is sleep. Where is He? I submit to you that God is here in each of us. We must not despair or lose faith. As Christians, we must show the world that indeed love conquers all. I dare you to believe this and see what God will do. As each day presents new realities and fresh opportunities for us to commit and recommit to loving God, ourselves, our families and our neighbors in word, thoughts and deed. We must become instruments of God’s divine love and peace and let not this age or fear consume or engulf us for we are God’s people led by His word which is a lamp unto our feet, and light unto our path. For Great is thy faithfulness, there is no shadow of turning with Thee. Great is thy faithfulness morning by morning new mercies we see. As one writer states, “our thoughts and prayers must become a wrecking ball to injustice everywhere. Our thoughts and prayers must become the hands and feet of righteousness.” We are undaunted, we declare greater is He who is in us, than He who is in the world. God is our guide, strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow. Dare to Believe! Anointed to Serve,
Bishop Staccato Powell

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