Letter from the Ministers

“Thus says the Lord: 
A voice is heard in Ramah, 
lamentation and bitter weeping. 
Rachel is weeping for her children; 
she refuses to be comforted for her children, 
because they are no more.”

 Jeremiah 31:15

Colonial Church Members & Friends,

We write to you in love, and also in grief, pain, anger, confusion, with speechlessness at the news this past week of the shooting death of Daunte Wright by a police officer. The grief is palpable because yet another of our black and brown siblings has been killed, causing profound mourning and grief. 

Our speechlessness, confusion, and anger are compounded by the reality that this event happened not 10 miles from where former officer Derek Chauvin is on trial in the death  of George Floyd. The trial itself has opened wounds and reignited traumas that are deeply embedded in our communities. And as we look to this coming week and the forthcoming verdict in the Chauvin trial, our city and the world are looking on with great anxiety and fear. 

And not only here in our city, but just this past week there have been mass shootings in Indianapolis and Texas, and we cry, together with the prophets:

“How long?”
Thus, as your Ministers, we wanted to reach out to you to express our deep concern for you, for our city, for our community, and for the communities who are directly and indirectly impacted by these events. Though we cannot find adequate words for this situation, we know that God’s Spirit groans within us, giving us the space to breathe and to bring our lament to God (Romans 8:26). Please know that our hearts are breaking with yours, and we are in prayer with you.

Let us join together as a community to pray for our city, our nation, and our world. And as we await the Derek Chauvin trial verdict this week, we invite you to join in with our siblings of faith through the ministry of Healing Our City (led by former ministry partners Sondra and Don Samuels) for virtual prayer each morning at 8am. Click here to learn about how you can join in. 

We know that God calls us to be a people not only of words, but also deeds--to be a people who seek justice, who love mercy, and who walk humbly with our God (Micah 6:8). Please know that we are looking to our mission partners and other organizations for ways to be present in forms of service and support and invite you to prayerfully consider ways that God may be inviting you to join in this work.

Know that we are grateful for you, for your love of Jesus, and for your commitment to be the church. May God’s Spirit grant us wisdom and mercy that we might live and order our lives so as to embody the gospel of Jesus in our time: bringing good news to the poor, proclaiming release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, letting the oppressed go free, and proclaiming the year of the Lord’s favor (Luke 4:18-19).

With you in grief, hope, and prayer,
Revs. Jeff Lindsay, Sara Wilhelm Garbers, Andrew Zhao, and Christian Collins Winn