“While there should be peace, there shouldn’t be quiet.”
A peaceful protest in St. Louis last summer, led by Unitarian Universalists, including Rev. Barbara Gadon (far right).
First Unitarian’s senior minister was quoted in today’s Wilmington News Journal in a long article reacting to the decision in Ferguson, Mo., not to indict a white police officer in the shooting of an unarmed black youth in August.
You can read the entire article online. Here’s what Rev. Josh had to say:
The Rev. Josh Snyder, senior minister of the First Unitarian Church of Wilmington, in Talleyville, found it “inconceivable” that no indictment was issued. He hopes for peace in the aftermath.
“But you know, I also think that while there should be peace, there shouldn’t be quiet,” Snyder said. “The protests need to go on. I think that it’s very important for people to stand up and express their feelings, their outrage, at this.”
Snyder said those discussions must occur here too.
“Needing to reach across racial lines, and to speak up when injustice is happening—all that is just as true for us in Wilmington as it is for them in St. Louis,” he said.
A community vigil held yesterday at Eliot Chapel, near Ferguson, Mo. Rev. Barbara Hoag Gadon is minister there.
Rev. Barbara Hoag Gadon, former associate minister at First Unitarian and now minister of Eliot Chapel, a UU church not far from Ferguson, held a community service yesterday. She described it on Facebook:
Our community service tonight. We came together. We were blessed to hear from three African American ministers from Kirkwood and the Kirkwood Community Gospel Choir, as well as Maggie Duwe, a Hebrew teacher from Central Reform Congregation. At the very end, I held the microphone to the radio while we listened to the announcement. All 20 minutes of it. I felt so numb, I didn’t think I had any reaction. Then I got home, and heard the tv news replaying an excerpt. When I heard Bob McCullogh’s voice again, and those words, the dam broke in me. Furious tears. Rage. Heartbreak for all of us who have been trying to bring good from this. I didn’t really think I expected anything to turn out differently, and yet it’s still a shock. Rev. Willis Johnson, the minister at Wellspring Methodist in Ferguson, said, “It feels like we are starting all over again.” All those brave, principled young folk working hard to create disciplined protest and constructive confrontation. My heart breaks for them. My heart breaks for all of us. Pray for us – for all of us who are praying for direction and for the heart we know it will take to continue working for change.
I’m not sure what I should be doing this morning, but my heart breaks too. I think Josh is right. There should be peace, but there shouldn’t be quiet.