In this week’s All God’s People:
Moved to seek justice for the oppressed and lasting change for the Black community, Church members are joining protests, prayer walks, and vigils.
Las Vegas, Calif.
Rally and March
On Friday, June 5, the “We Deserve to Live – Black People Matter Rally, March and Candlelight Vigil” took place at the Kianga Isoke Palacio Park (formally Known as Doolittle Park) in Las Vegas. Supported by the Abundant Life and New Life SDA Churches and friends, the event drew a crowd of 2,500.
Long Beach, Calif.
On the same day in Long Beach, Calif., Southern Conference youth and young adults met for a morning Community Walk to check in, visit, and pray with businesses affected by a riot in that area.
See more photos: https://www.facebook.com/onehousesocal/
Los Angeles, Calif.
On Wednesday June 3, members, pastors, and conference officers of the Southern California Conference marched from the University Seventh-day Adventist Church to the California African American Museum in Exposition Park, Los Angeles. The event was a peaceful prayer protest and vigil. The group was joined by members of the community, a local business owner, a captain of the LAPD Southwest Division, and the captain of USC Department of Public Safety who marched with them and addressed the people.
The message of this Prayer Protest was simple and straight forward. “Black Lives Matter – God’s Voice Matters — We must stand up for justice and truth. If we do nothing we are complicit! Be faithful to God, we are our brothers and sisters keeper!”
Churches Gather for Prayer Walk
On Sabbath afternoon, June 6, in Stockton, Calif., the Valley Community, Mayfair, and Pittsburg churches gathered for a Community Prayer Walk.
Photos and Video from Valley Community: https://www.facebook.com/valleycommunitysdachurch/
Mt. Rubidoux Church Rally
Members from Mt. Rubidoux church in Riverside, Calif., participated in protests, and took part in strategic plans to establish building consistent togetherness. Church members are encouraged to support black-owned businesses, and on June 9th, they also reached out to lawmakers about abolishing “qualified immunity.”
Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/mtrubidoux/
Interview with Clovis Police
On June 7, Clovis Police Department Chief Fleming was invited to speak with Pastor Dean of the Clovis church. The conversation covered many topics currently being discussed in communities across the nation.
David A. Dean, senior pastor of the Clovis church, stated, “I was convicted to reach out to the Chief after I saw an official online post of his balanced, heartfelt, and informative response to the death of George Floyd. He agreed to come and answer questions and we deeply appreciated it. It has opened up a door for further connection and bridge building between us.”
Watch online: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=565110844426722
Special Leadership Roundtable
Adventist Respond: Challenges and Changes
The Pacific Union Conference convened for a Leadership Roundtable on June 10, 2020, to address some of the issues raised by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, and the nationwide protests against police brutality and systematic racial injustice and outpouring of support for the Black Lives Matter movement. The conversation was hosted by Dr. Ricardo B. Graham, president of the Pacific Union Conference. Learn more via the link below:
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“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”