May 30, 2020

On behalf of Pastor Cindy Rudolph and the members of Oak Grove A.M.E. Church, this statement is our response to the current events in our country.  As we celebrate Pentecost this weekend, one of the important holy days in the Christian calendar, we cannot ignore the challenges before us.  The COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged our communities, disrupting what we knew as normal.  Through stay-at-home orders, we have been physically separated from our families, friends, and faith communities. We must continue to practice social distancing and follow the recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We have also witnessed intensified incidents of racism, injustice, discrimination, and police brutality which has unfortunately resulted in nationwide protests, rioting, vandalism, serious injuries, and death, namely those of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd to name a few.  We denounce violence, vigilantism, and unlawful behavior as we call for peace and constructive demonstrations. We must, however, be vigilant in eradicating racial and systemic injustices, hold our leaders accountable, demand fair treatment of those charged to protect and serve the community, and practice our right to vote.

Let us be a source of strength and refuge for each other.  As a faith community, we must continue to be in steadfast prayer and know that our God is a God of justice and righteousness.

May God bless you and God keep you.