A letter to the diocese regarding violence in Charlottesville and Barcelona

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

I have been out of the country for a little over a week (returning in a few days), but have been following closely what has been happening in the Charlottesville, and now Barcelona. I am glad that many political leaders are naming evil for what it it is: racism, white supremacy and fascist ideology should be unacceptable to everyone, but certainly to us Christians, because these attitudes and movements deny the fundamental dignity of every human being as a child of God. Clarity about this is the only way to overcome polarization and recover an ethos of thoughtful and respectful disagreement and debate about how best to honor the image of God in one another.

As we approach our diocesan-wide study of the book of Exodus, let’s remind ourselves that, as an Exodus people, the basic premise of our journey outward is that no one is better than anyone else, and that we are meant for relationship, not alienation.

I have been praying daily about the situation with North Korea. I urge your prayers. They matter.


Thomas E. Breidenthal,