A Prayer from Emily DeTar, UCS Summer Ministerial Intern
As a State of Emergency has been declared in Ferguson, I offer this prayer, one of many:
May the violence cease, and all that detracts from the message of racial injustice be stopped. May we hold and witness to the pain of those who have turned to violence, knowing they have worn it from years of racial discrimination and dehumanization, while asking the violence to end. May the officers allow those who peacefully protest to resume their right of speech. May the protesters be given the strength and safety to continue to protest, despite the weariness of their task.
May all of us remember all those named and unnamed black men, women, transpeople, and children who died from police violence. May we pray that no more black and brown lives are lost from racialized stereotyping, policing, incarceration, and other systems of racism and oppression. May we in our Unitarian Universalist faith, proclaim from our principles and beliefs, that every single black life matters, and none should parish at the hands of those who judge from fear, but all should live from the hands of those who love.
May it be so. Amen.