Dear Sisters and Brothers,

As I turned on the television yesterday evening, my heart sank as I listened to the story of Alton Sterling being shot by two police officers in Baton Rouge. I have found myself deeply disturbed by the video of this encounter and while many details need to be sorted through, I continue to wonder why this situation unfolded in the manner that it did.

This tragic act in our community is profoundly upsetting and my heart mourns for all involved. During this time, I ask you to pray for the soul of Alton Sterling and for the consolation of his loved ones; for these police officers and their families; and for peace in the city of Baton Rouge, our state of Louisiana, and throughout our country.

Over the course of this past day I have recalled Dr. King’s words that “darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

May we do our best to be a source of light and love in this time of pain, confusion and darkness.

The Rt. Rev. Morris K. Thompson, Jr.
Bishop of Louisiana


Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly used the name of Alvin Sterling.  We apologize for this error and have corrected the name to Alton Sterling.

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