Statement by Rev. Rob Fisher of St. John's Church, Lafayette Square
We at St. John's Church were shocked at the surprise visit from the President this evening and even more appalled at the violent clearing of Lafayette Square to make the visit possible. St. John's is a community that welcomes all-from powerful presidents to the homeless-to worship God. We fully espouse the words of our Baptismal Covenant, which says, in part, that we "will strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being."
Living that covenant, we stand with those peacefully protesting the tragic and unnecessary death of George Floyd, and the far too many who came before him.
We pray that our nation finally confronts its history of racism and, as a result, can fully embrace the peace of God that passes all understanding.
The Downtown Cluster of Congregations joins Baltimore, Maryland, and the country in mourning the passing of Rep. Elijah Cummings.
"Death will not diminish his greatness", says Terry Lynch, Executive Director. "Indeed, it will surely inspire others to do more, as Rep. Cummings would have wanted. God Speed Elijah", he said.