The Rt. Rev. Dean E. Wolfe, Bishop of Kansas, writes about the latest news from Ferguson, Missouri
With the announcement of the grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer, tensions are running high, and even though the parents of Michael Brown have begged their community to be peaceful in responding to this decision, it appears some have used the situation as a rationale for damaging property and instigating further violence.
In the wake of these incidents, I invite the members of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas to pray for peace and justice in Ferguson and throughout our nation.
I ask you to pray for peace and justice for people of every race and economic condition.
I ask you to pray for the safety of everyone involved in this situation, including the members of the law enforcement community who risk their lives daily to ensure the safety of their fellow citizens.
I ask you to remember Michael Brown’s family who mourns the death of their son, and for Officer Darren Wilson and his family who have lost something precious and irreplaceable as well. No one ever gets over losing a son to violence, and no one ever gets over taking the life of another human being.
File image: Ferguson, Day 6, by Loavesofbread (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-4.0], via Wikimedia Commons