Personal Reflections

Grieving and Breathing for George Floyd

floyd memorialNACRJ President Sheryl Wilson shares a personal video message on NACRJ's Facebook page, refecting on the losses and many responses related to the tragic killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Wilson invites us to take a moment to become aware of our own breathing as a way to value life, specifically to value the life of Floyd whose breath was taken away.

WilsonWilson's video message also captures the powerful connections made through NACRJ's recent virtual community circle (on Saturday June 6) that held space for people nationwide to process hard emotions and prepare for new ways to re-engage society. Twenty facilitators assisted with breakout groups, allowing for every participant (150) to share and listen from the heart.

NACRJ Executive Director Michael Gilbert also provides a personal statement of response, highlighting how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reminded our nation decades ago that "a riot is the language of the unheard." Gilbert's piece, "Can You Hear Me Now?" invites everyone to think more deeply about what we are hearing these days. 

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Painful Events

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Painful Events

by Michael Gilbert, Executive Director

The week of July 4, 2016 was heart breakingOn Tuesday (July 5, 2016) Alton Sterling, a father of five, was killed by a police officer in Baton Rouge, LA in a confrontation over selling CD's outside a convenience store.  The next day (July 6, 2016) Philando Castile was shot and killed by an officer in Falcon Heights, MN (a suburb of Minneapolis) after a traffic stop for a broken tail light. They were loved and their lives mattered.

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