Since the tragic murder of George Floyd on the 25th May the world has been shaken and many people are waking up to the reality of the inequalities and sufferings of black people, not only in America but in the UK also.
We as Christian people are called to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God (Micah 6:8). Time and time again we see Jesus standing for the oppressed, hearing the cry of people in need and standing for them, and with them.
So what can we do?
We can donate... https://www.gofundme.com/f/ukblm-fund
We can sign petitions... https://www.capitalfm.com/news/black-lives-matter-petitions-to-sign-uk/
We can write to our MPs... https://www.amnesty.org.uk/black-lives-matter-write-your-mp
We can talk to our friends and families...
We can make a take a stand in our church, in our workplaces, in our schools and in our community.
We can pray
On Wednesday Kid's church got together on Zoom, and we talked about the Black lives Matter movement and why it is so needed. And we wrote prayers together, please share with us in our prayers.
Here is a message from Nottingham City Prayer about how we can react in prayer together on Monday evening.
United church response to George Floyd killing #nottschurchespledge
At 9.25 pm (UK time) on Monday 8 June we are inviting people from across Nottingham and beyond, to come together in a moment of prayer, reflection, solidarity and unity.
In that moment, we invite you in your home to pray and to light a candle and place it in your window as a symbol and a pledge.
Many of us have been saddened and angered by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week and the events that have followed.
And these events highlight the fact that we live in a world where racism, prejudice and bigotry remain. Around the world people have been gathering to protest against this continuing injustice in a number of ways.
It was 9.25 pm (Minneapolis time) on Monday 25 May, when George Floyd was pronounced dead. At 9.25 pm (UK time) this coming Monday 8 June we are inviting people from across Nottingham and beyond, whilst we remain physically distanced from one another, to gather in a moment of prayer, reflection, solidarity and unity.
In this moment, we invite you in your home to pray and to light a candle and place it in your window as a symbol and a pledge:
As a symbol of o grief as we think first of the family and friends of George Floyd and as we reflect on continuing injustice in our world; and
o hope for a future – a future where the evil of racism is banished from our society and our streets.
As a pledge to: o examine our own hearts and reflect on our own attitudes and indifference;
o listen to and to love our neighbours of all races and all cultures; and
o speak out against injustice where we see it and choose to be the community that we long for.
As a public mark of your pledge, please post a photo of your candle on social media with the hashtag #nottschurchespledge
Please share this information far and wide amongst so that we may see the whole church come together at this time to pray and act to see an end to racial injustice in our city, county, nation and world.
And lastly a beautiful tribute, from Nottingham based Sheku Kanneh-Mason and family, to George Floyd and their families and communities affected daily by racism and racist violence.