In Memory of George Floyd – A Message from CEO Sam Sipes

Like many, I am struggling with what’s happening in our country and it hurts me to say that I don’t even recognize her. I spent most of the weekend angry, frustrated and sad. Please know that LSF stands with all those we work with, those we serve, and those in our communities who have been and continue to be targets of racist ideologies and action. We believe deeply in social justice and do not tolerate racism in any form. Diversity in our country should be celebrated and looked upon as a strength.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) – an organization we are closely affiliated with – continues to deepen their commitment to combatting racism and white supremacy. You can read about it here. LSF stands with the ELCA and we are committed to living in a world where racism does not exist.  We must act, as to talk about it now yet do nothing would be a mockery.  I don’t have all the answers, but I do want to have conversations with our staff and our communities that will be tough. Conversations that will lead to changes within LSF to ensure we put more diversity at our leadership table, and we are representing the side of justice. In the end, we can only move forward by addressing the issues at the root of the problem. Together.

Nearly 40 cities have imposed curfews over the weekend. As you know, we are an essential human services organization that provides services to Florida’s most vulnerable populations. Our priority is to keep all our employees safe.

We all want peace. But true peace can only come about with justice and we are called upon to speak out in the face of injustice. We remain focused on our vision of a world where children are safe, families are strong, and communities are vibrant. We know communities are hurting. We are praying for those who are scared and uncertain.

John 7:24 “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgement.”

 

Sam Sipes

President & CEO, Lutheran Services Florida

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