Statement on the Conviction of Derek Chauvin

At this bittersweet time for many, CVN is foremost praying for the family of George Floyd. With the range of thoughts and emotions they must be experiencing, we are praying to God for healing. We pray that they have what they need to honor the past year, the current moment, and the future for which they hope.   

George Floyd’s life mattered. Black Lives Matter. In addition to prayers, our actions matter. 

CVN mourns the loss that made this moment necessary. We are grateful that some accountability comes with this outcomeWe stand with those acknowledging this conviction as a positive step and we affirm that many more steps are needed. CVN prays for strength to act justly and to be in right relationship with others committed to justice and equality for every person.                 

When George Floyd was murdered in May of 2020, CVN affirmed our commitment to transformation within our hearts, alongside others, that can lead to healing. We affirmed the need to listen better to all people; reflect more on our own struggles with racial justice; and empower our member programs to inspire volunteers and communities to thirst for justice. CVN is striving to take positive steps along that journey.  

We are discerning, with God’s help, our calling to change so that we can be part of the solution to racial injustice and abuse of power. We are relieved by this verdict, which allows us to release the breath we were collectively holding. But we are aware of the pain, loss, and struggle that remain. We pray for understanding of how to truly be and act with those who seek justice.       

—CVN Board of Directors