Creating a new hymnal is never easy.
Because we know what those words mean. We know what policies and ideologies that phrase protects. And we know it's not us.
You are right in that the Grand Jury indictments, specifically the lack of indictments, has caused great stress and fear and anger in the church. I commend you for attempting to pastorally care for the church. Unfortunately, your letter doesn't do that.
O Lord, hear my prayer and let my cry come before you.
https://youtu.be/6x-0uyjMTeU A Sermon for the Sunday after the Commemoration of the Emanuel Nine and Juneteenth. Preached at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Indianapolis, IN.