From the Office of the Chaplain, in response to the Verdict in the Trial against Derrick Chauvin:

So much has been said, can be said, and will be said about this verdict, but the simple fact remains that justice, peace, and reconciliation can never be fully realized in our society as long as white supremacy continues to render this verdict as rare it is.  Justice, peace, and reconciliation can never be fully realized in our society as long as the lives of Black people continue to be cut short, oppressed, and terrorized by the state, and our state is not held to account for the violence and trauma it has and continues to unleash on Black people.  Justice, peace, and reconciliation can never be fully realized in our society as long as we fail to recognize that the system that we have is so oppressive that it cannot be repaired – because it was never broken to begin with – it is working exactly as intended, and must be dismantled entirely.

As long as the system continues to deny us justice, peace, and accountability for the lives it has destroyed by its violence, our only faithful, sorrowful, and hopeful lament is this:

Justice for George Floyd
Justice for Breonna Taylor
Justice for Ma’Khia Bryant
Justice for Daunte Wright

Justice for Matthew Williams
Justice for Ahmaud Arbery
Justice for John Neville
Justice for Rayshard Brooks
Justice for Atatiana Jefferson
Justice for Alton Sterling
Justice for Eric Garner
Justice for Tamir Rice
Justice for Sandra Bland
Justice for Freddie Grey
Justice for Trayvon Martin
Justice for Michael Brown
Justice for Philando Castile

Justice for all those who we have not named here, whose families and loved ones still feel the bitter sting of justice and accountability denied.

Justice for all those whose names do not make the news and whose stories have not broken into our collective consciousness.

Justice for all those whose lives were diminished by a system that protects whiteness at all costs.

Justice for all those fighting tirelessly and faithfully for a more equitable society against all odds.

We realize that while this verdict may represent a small victory in this singular instance, the absence of justice is still a source of grief, anger, and lament. 
Staff members from the Office of the Chaplain are available for support and accompaniment.