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The verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial has brought our nation to a crossroads. Convicted on two counts of murder and one of manslaughter, Chauvin will be sentenced in August. Does this mean justice for the family of George Floyd?

Many, including George Floyd’s brother, believe this verdict is about accountability rather than justice. This accountability is long overdue. It stands in the shadow of systemic racism that is a part of our country’s history. People of color, who are our brothers and sisters, have lived with inequality for far too long. This verdict points to the sins of our society.

As a predominantly white Presbytery, we now must choose to work for change. We cannot understand what our sisters and brothers of color have dealt with all of their lives. We must listen to their hard truths – truths that may make us uncomfortable.

More than listening, we can stand with all our brothers and sisters. We can work together, taking tangible steps now to break through the systemic racism that has been a burden for many of us and a privilege for most of us. We can draw upon God’s love that abides in us to continue to work for change.

This is a moment of racial reckoning. During the 21-day trial of Derek Chauvin, police in our nation killed a person each day. Since the verdict was announced, a 16-year-old girl was killed in Columbus in the midst of a chaotic situation; a man in Elizabeth City, North Carolina was killed while police were serving him a warrant.

We pray that this also may be a moment of racial reconciliation. May we find ways to work together to demand changes that reflect the kin-dom God yearns to see. We are all equal in God’s eyes. Let us work together to create a world where all of humanity are treated equally. May we find ways to receive forgiveness from our brothers and sisters of color and be transformed by that forgiveness.

Rev. Dr. Jane Wilson                                                       Rev. T. J. DeMarco
Presbytery Moderator                                                      Presbytery Stated Clerk
Resources for Re-Gathering

The video from "Re-gathering Benchmarks: How will we know?" is now available. Click here to watch it on YouTube. You can access the slide presentation that was used by clicking here.

Catch up on the previous webinars in this series, co-hosted by the Presbyteries of Boston and Northern New England, to help you think about your congregation's return to in-person worship:
Vaccine and Regathering Part 1

Vaccine and Regathering Part 2
Deadlines for the 225th General Assembly

120-day Deadline: February 18, 2022   
Agency and Committee Reports
Overtures with Constitutional Implications
Overtures referred from the 224th assembly will be automatically referred as-is, unless a mid council notifies me of withdrawal or edited rationale by the 120-day deadline.
 
60-day Deadline: April 19, 2022               
Overtures with financial implications
 
45-day Deadline: May 4, 2022                   
All other overtures
First concurrence
Comments

30-day Deadline: May 19, 2022                
GANC Nominations Slate
Update! STEM CURES Campaign: With the support of the Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church in Somerville, members Shirin Haddadin and Ayman Halaseh formed the STEM for Syrian Refugees program to bring science, technology, engineering and math education to the Syrian refugee camps in Jordan. They now have an online auction of art to raise money to continue funding this program. Here is a link to the auction where you will see the paintings made by artists who reside in the Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps in Jordan. The auction ends on May 2!

Funeral Assistance Grants: FEMA is now accepting applications for Funeral Assistance that may be relevant to your congregation. Click here for more information and instructions for applying.

NE Glow: You can connect with NE Glow on FacebookDiscord, and on their website
Connect Throughout the Week: We have two opportunities during the week to connect for support and encouragement. The login information can be found in the Presbytery calendar on the website.

Mondays at 10:00 am
Tuesdays at 3:00 pm

Job Opening: The United Presbyterian Church of Whitinsville is looking to hire a part-time Administrative Assistant. More information, including instructions on how to apply, can be found on our website.
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