Bishop McConnell on the Rosfeld Verdict

unnamed(1)March 25, 2019

Dear Friends in Christ,

Late Friday night, a jury acquitted former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld of all charges related to his killing of 17-year old Antwon Rose II last summer. Antwon Rose was shot by Officer Rosfeld in the back while attempting to flee. He was found to be unarmed.

Many in our region are frustrated and despondent over this verdict. I am aware that others believe justice was served, given the law as it stands.

Yet, surely, none of us can ignore what the killing of one more unarmed black man by a white police officer says about our ailing society. The incident evokes the memory of many others nationwide that have been documented in recent years. From the moment the trigger was pulled, to the moment of acquittal, we have been on the familiar road of a national agony: a young, relatively inexperienced white officer; a young black man with apparently little reason to believe the police would not harm him if he gave himself up; a state law riddled with implicit bias; and a local jury that could only apply the law.

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Info session planned on diocese property settlement

The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh will sponsor an informational gathering at 7 p.m. March 22 to discuss the recently announced agreement between the diocese and eight churches in the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh.
 
The event will be at Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Avenue in Squirrel Hill.
 
Bishop Dorsey McConnell and diocesan chancellor, Andy Roman, will be present to answer questions.
 
More information on the agreement is available here.
 

Where do we go from here?

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A Message to the Church from the Presiding Bishop

Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?

In this moment – when the stain of bigotry has once again covered our land, and when hope, frankly, sometimes seems far away, when we must now remember new martyrs of the way of love like young Heather Heyer – it may help to remember the deep wisdom of the martyrs who have gone before.

The year was 1967. It was a time not unlike this one in America. Then there were riots in our streets, poverty and unbridled racism in our midst, and a war far away tearing us apart at home. In that moment, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote a book, his last one, with a message that rings poignant today. It was titled, “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?”

One of his insights then was that a moment of crisis is always a moment of decision. It was true then and is true now. Where do we go from here? Chaos? Indifference? Avoidance? Business as usual? Or Beloved Community? Continue reading