When news broke of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the murder of Trayvon Martin, Episcopalians across the country responded in diverse, heartfelt ways. On July 27, the Rev. Kathleen Hawkins Berkowe (M.Div., '10) joined her parishioners from St. John’s Stamford, Connecticut, at a Norwalk and Stamford NAACP rally, and was unexpectedly invited to speak. She stepped up, reminding people that “each of us is a beloved child of God, and as children of God we live and die together.” “The loss of a life of a precious child is sad for all of us,” Berkowe continued. “Trayvon Martin’s death has made us aware of how the loss of one beloved child affects all of us.” Berkowe urges everyone to get involved in conversations about the problems caused by racism in America and to find at least one way to respond.
Berkowe is in her third year as Assistant to the Rector at St. John’s Stamford, a racially, ethnically and socio-economically diverse program-sized parish in downtown Stamford, where she recently served as Priest-in-Charge during the Rector’s three-month sabbatical.
Read the story in the Stamford Advocatehere.