Family Friendly Gathering to Honor the Life of George Floyd 

5:15 p.m., Wednesday, May 25 

Plymouth Congregational Church, Franklin, and Nicollet 

The Racial Justice Initiative of Plymouth Congregational Church invites you to join us to honor George Floyd’s life and legacy, and then travel to attend the Rise & Remember events at George Floyd Square on Wednesday, May 25.

 

The schedule of events for May 25 is as follows:

5:15 p.m.

  • Gather quietly under the tent at Plymouth for 9 minutes of silence to honor George Floyd

5:30 – 7 p.m. 

  • Food and refreshments provided
  • Poster making
  • Action station – letters to elected representative 
  • Table to self-organize for ridesharing to George Floyd

 

7 – 7:30 p.m. 

  • Travel to George Floyd Square for “Angelversary” candlelight vigil
    • Join the Caretakers at George Floyd Square for a memorable candlelight vigil to commemorate the two-year angelversary of George Floyd’s death. The event will be held from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. and begin at the Say Their Names Memorial (E 37th Street and Columbus Avenue S). You may bring your own candle. Additional candles will be provided.

 

For more information about the entire weekend of events at George Floyd Square, as well as opportunities to donate and volunteer, visit https://www.georgefloydglobalmemorial.org/Rise-and-Remember

BUILDING THE BELOVED COMMUNITY PUBLIC SAFETY PROJECT

ZOOM SESSION #2

SCHEDULED FOR 7-8:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, MAY 5

ATTENTION ALL PLYMOUTH MEMBERS:

We enjoyed great participation — more than 75 Plymouth members — at our first Zoom session on this project. Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner Harrington has given our RiCS planning team the second police encounter dilemma scenario for Plymouth’s consideration and feedback. Please join us at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, for this second discussion. All are welcome. It is not necessary to have participated in the first discussion.

 

Commissioner Harrington has told the 37 houses of worship that participated in the first session that our feedback thus far validates the work of the Police-Involved Deadly Force Encounters Working Group, which began more than two years ago. He also stated his hope that our continuing feedback will give his office the kind of understanding that helps build the next level of research and policy so that we can in fact, not just talk about public safety in the beloved community, but actually start implementing some of this work in how officers are recruited and trained.

 

PLEASE REGISTER TO JOIN FELLOW PLYMOUTH MEMBERS FOR THIS SECOND SESSION ZOOM DISCUSSION:

Registration is required.

As with our first session, this second session will focus on a specific police encounter dilemma that Commissioner Harrington has prepared for each faith community’s detailed discussion and feedback. We will view a video about this dilemma, followed by a discussion of our immediate and visceral reactions to this dilemma. Then Rev. Dr. DeWayne Davis will introduce a faith reading that bears on this dilemma, and we will break into small groups to discuss how the values of our faith tradition may change our views about this dilemma. This feedback will be given to Commissioner Harrington.

 

NOTE: During this session, we will be showing a video that discusses and depicts homelessness and domestic violence. We encourage everyone to prepare themselves emotionally for this and to mute and/or turn off video when they sense that this may be traumatizing to them.

Plymouth Discussion of Public Safety in the Beloved Community

Session 1:  Commissioner Harrington’s 1st Police Encounter Dilemma

 

Thursday, March 3, at 7 pm

VIA ZOOM

Commissioner Harrington is working with Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul to engage faith communities throughout the state in a series of three or four public safety discussions.  Each discussion will be inspired by the question of how the values of our respective faith traditions should guide the response to a specific police encounter dilemma that Commissioner Harrington will create.

 

Plymouth’s role in this project

 

In late January, Commissioner Harrington introduced the first police encounter dilemma to Reverend Davis and our RiCS team. Harrington will introduce further dilemma scenarios to faith-based communities in late March, late May and possibly in July. Interested Plymouth members will then engage with each other in conversation about each of these dilemmas. These conversations will be structured as follows:

 

(i)  We will give our immediate and visceral reactions to the police officer’s dilemma, without the benefit of thoughtful reflection — remembering that the officer confronted with the dilemma does not have time to engage in thoughtful reflection.

 

(ii)  Reverend Davis will introduce us to a text from our faith tradition, either from the Bible or from other learned faith texts, inviting us to consider the best response to the dilemma from the perspective of the core values illuminated in this faith reading.

 

(iii)  We will break out into small groups to discuss the dilemma again in light of the faith reading.

 

(iv) RiCS will harvest and summarize the responses from each of these discussions and send this summary report to Interfaith.

 

(v)  Interfaith will collate reports from all of the participating faith communities for Commissioner Harrington and share those reports with the participating faith communities