January 6, 2021
Dear Saints of Trinity,
I need to share that as I was writing my letter to you this afternoon, I was informed of the blatant and criminal attack on the US Capitol Building. I watched in horror as those who were seeking to do the work of the people, those serving in both Houses were meeting in a joint session, had to be evacuated. While those whose attack was motivated by the invitation to create a coup-like disruption, not only disrupted Congress, but intentionally demeaned the very center of what makes this country free. I’ve shared with you that I will never preach politics. That’s not what this is. I’ve served with friends and colleagues on “The Hill.” I’ve spent time with those with whom I vehemently disagreed just outside the doors of chambers. We’ve argued, sometimes loudly and even angrily, but it was always with the knowledge and the trust that we were each seeking to bring “a more perfect union.”
What I saw today not only takes my breath away, it is an embarrassment to all this country represents in the world. As one of your pastors, I cannot sit by without responding. What this group did was illegal, immoral, unconstitutional, and abhorrent. I clearly understand the anger that lay beneath the election loss of Donald Trump. This, however, goes well beyond politics. Please, my sisters and brothers, continue to pray for peace, for understanding, for grace and patience. We believe in a God who seeks that, not only from each of us, but from all of those who call this planet and this country our home. A peaceful protest is a Constitutional Right. What we saw today was a mob attacking one of the great foundations of democracy. Please join me in a time of prayer as suddenly, for the first time in over 200 years, our Country’s capital has come under attack. And friends, let peace begin with each of us.