The following faith communities delivered #flowers4cops to precincts throughout our region.
Each gift of flowers included this note:
"Our prayers for safety and peace on this painful day. With gratitude, love, and hope for a more just and peaceful future."
Queen Anne United Methodist Church/The Well
St. Luke's Lutheran Church
The Church Council of Greater Seattle
The Catacomb Churches
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (Lynnwood)
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (Shoreline)
University Presbyterian Church
Maple Leaf Lutheran Church
Luther Memorial Lutheran Church, Seattle
Northminster Presbyterian Churche
First Church (First United Methodist Church, Seattle)
St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Seattle
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Mercer Island
Edmonds Lutheran Church
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Interfaith Community Sanctuary & School
Queen Anne Presbyterian Church
Seattle Mennonite Church
UW Lutheran Campus Ministry
Columbia City Church of Hope
Shoreline United Methodist Church
First African Methodist Episcopal Church-Seattle, WA
Wedgwood Presbyterian Church
Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church
Broadview Community United Church of Christ
Good Shepherd Baptist Church
Immanuel Community Services
Northlake Lutheran Church, Kenmore, WA
Grace Lutheran Church - Bellevue
King 5 News traveled around with Jasen as he searched for police officers to hand off flowers to and covered the story later Friday evening.
#flowers4cops King 5 News Coverage
A few words from Jasen and Katie on behalf of the Well were sent to King 5 and the other news organizations covering the story:
Too many lives are lost. Too much blood has been spilled.
The Well is committed to addressing the deep divisions created in our community because of white supremacy and racism. As an insidious disease it infects all of our culture and is found throughout our institutions - our families, our schools, our religious institutions, our police forces, our businesses. It fills us with fear and makes us treat one another with suspicion. Black lives are routinely taken because of white supremacy and racism. Black lives are shattered. We want our communities to thrive, and that requires the cessation of bloodshed. We have to address this head on if we want to have any hope at all in addressing the divisiveness in our communities - if we want to find our way to the beloved community.
The statement above, while written by Katie, is shared by Jasen. It is how we understand our theological task.
Signed, Katie Ladd and Jasen Frelot