Young Adult Pilgrimage to Ferguson, MO

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s question “Where do we go from here? Chaos or Community?” continues to resonate today. The shooting death of Michael Brown on August 9, 2014 continues to reverberate in Missouri, the United States and around the globe. The aftermath of the shooting raised questions about race, structural racism, racial justice, and criminal justice throughout the United States. Concerns about police and local government’s relationship with the community – including the sort of emotions stirred when predominantly minority communities are policed by majority-white law enforcement – are compelling and urgent in Ferguson and beyond. Moreover, concern about the dignity and treatment of Black youth and young adults more universally challenges us to embrace the unique role of the Church in bringing about racial justice and reconciliation in Ferguson and beyond. The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri’s response to the pain of the people of Ferguson provides lessons for the broader Church. The clergy and laity of congregations in Greater St. Louis joined the people of Ferguson, Florrisant, and St. Louis County in deep solidarity. The Missionary Society and Episcopal Relief & Development provided a significant grant to assist local parishes in their local mission of justice, transformation and reconciliation.