The cross of All Saints Highertown has on the main horizontal beam the words ‘I can’t breathe’ which were the last words of George Floyd before he died.
They are also reminiscent of Jesus’ last words and moments on the cross – Mark 15:37 “And Jesus let out a loud cry and breathed his last.”
By placing the words ‘I can’t breathe’ on the cross we want to show that as Christians we believe the injustice that was experienced by Jesus is representative of all injustice, including that which was experienced by George Floyd, and the experience that many people of the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Community experience in this country today (we recognise that if Jesus were in Britain today he would be a member of that same community).
The purple cloth represents that much of our church community are holding prayers of repentance today for our complicity in shaping an unfair and unjust society. Equality should be of utmost importance to all Christians and yet we have so much work to do. This acts as a message to our community that we are ready to do the work, and ensure that racism in all its forms is seen as the evil it is and eradicated; racial disparity and inequality should have no place in our community, in our church, in our country and in our world.
We want to participate in peaceful protest and this was felt to be a worthwhile collective example of our support for all those who desire the same. The protest will be on display for Sunday 14th June, once it has been taken down the work will continue.
A collection of thoughts and reflections from the people of All Saints.
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