Black Lives Matter

Dear Heartbeat Family,
 
We are grieved and enraged by the murder of George Floyd at the hands of four police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We stand against all police tactics across the nation that endanger, brutalize and kill members of our communities, especially those who are black men.
 
One of the core concepts from the Celtic lineage, articulated by John Philip Newell is the belief that the heartbeat of the sacred “pulses through all things.” While viewing the video of Mr. Floyd’s murder, I watched as his heartbeat was purposefully and deliberately put to a stop. The sacred life of a beautiful human was ruthlessly taken. It was an action resulting from a systemic pattern of police violence meant to control black people since the dawn of slavery. This is nothing new. John Philip often recounts the story of John the Beloved at the Last Supper. In the Celtic memory it is said that when he laid his head on the chest of Jesus, “he heard the heartbeat of God.” This, John Philip says, is a picture of our listening posture and it has immediate application to our response at this time. If we’re really listening for the heartbeat of the sacred, we’ll come to a deeper understanding of what the black community is experiencing. If we believe in the sacredness of all things, then the way we hold our police accountable matters. The ways in which we allow police to interact with our community matters.
 
Black lives matter.
 
South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu said, “If you are neutral in times of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” We need to challenge the patterns of racism, bias, and dominant culture in our societies and nations, urgently. And we can do this in how we pray and speak and act. This is not the time to stay neutral. We need to denounce white supremacy in all its forms, now.
 
Our thoughts, prayers and love go out to the friends and family of Mr. Floyd and all who are devastated by police violence. We are with you on this journey.
 
In solidarity,
 
Ben Lindwall
Executive Director, Heartbeat