SFTS Stands with SF Interfaith Leaders for Racial Justice

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In the aftermath of the killing of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Philando Castile in Minneapolis, and five members of the Dallas TX police department who were defending peaceful protesters, members of the San Francisco Theological Seminary community joined with other Bay Area faith leaders on the steps of San Francisco City Hall to fashion a response in solidarity, prayer, and commitment. The July 10th rally for peace and racial justice was organized by SFTS alumni Bishop Ernest Jackson, Pastor of Grace Tabernacle and Rev. John Weems, Pastor of Calvary Presbyterian Church.

On Sunday afternoon, more than 100 people from 30 faith communities gathered on the steps of San Francisco City Hall to hear messages from public officials and faith leaders. Among the speakers were Rev. Floyd Thompkins, SFTS Director of the Center for Innovation in Ministry, and Rev. Scott Clark, SFTS Chaplain and Associate Dean of Student Life.

Clark invoked Jeremiah 31 – “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.” – and lifted up those who are weeping today because of the violence this past week. Clark also called on white Americans to acknowledge their complicity in the long narrative of American racism and join African-Americans to write a new narrative that finally provides equal protection under the law.

Rev. Thompkins closed out the rally with strong words of exhortation. “In the face of continued pain and wrong, we often ask why God isn’t doing something,” he said. “But God already HAS done something; God has created us. God has created you and me. Now, it’s on us to go do something.”