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Pastoral Statement on Violence Continued…

Yesterday, in the wake of the Police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille, and prior to the heinous, despicable shooting of 12 Dallas Police officers in which five were murdered, I wrote that “having served as a Police Chaplain, I am fully aware that the vast majority of police officers risk their lives, often, as they serve and protect persons and communities across the U.S.A.”  Thus, our hearts and prayers go out to these officers, their loved ones, the Dallas Police Department and police officers across the USA in the midst of our collective grief and horror.  We deplore racism in all its forms and hold firmly to the view that more violence is not the answer.  May God comfort all who mourn everywhere over these recent acts of violence and death that continue to rock our nation. We pray that peace and justice prevail.

Rev. Rich Darr, Th.D – Sr. Pastor,
United Methodist Church of Geneva 

Pastoral Statement on the Recent Police Killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile


Our hearts go out to the families of Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile of Falcon Heights, Minnesota who were shot to death recently by police officers.  We mourn the loss of these two men and stand with their families, the African American community and all persons of good will who seek peace and justice. 

Having served as a Police Chaplain, I am fully aware that the vast majority of police officers risk their lives, often, as they serve and protect persons and communities across the USA.  At the same time, it is increasingly clear that our criminal justice system is in many cases broken and unfair.  Racism and violence continue to be a scourge in our society. 

We pray that justice may prevail in the federal and state investigations of these tragic police killings.  Black lives matter.  All lives matter.

Rev. Rich Darr, Sr. Pastor
United Methodist Church of Geneva (July 7, 2016)

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