Matters of racial injustice come front and center at Trinity-Berwyn

On June 21, Howard and Vernon Odom, a well-known 42-year news anchor from the ABC television affiliate in Philadelphia, sat in front of the sanctuary and had an open dialogue about everything from why these racial tensions are different than those in the past to where do the conversations go from here. Aside from being a well-respected journalist, Vernon is also the son of an American civil rights leader and the grandson of a man who was born into slavery in the 1850s and later became a physician.

Pastor Howard Friend had prepared a sermon for Father’s Day, but it just did not come together. Something was pulling him to go in a different direction that Sunday at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Berwyn, PA. So he did.

With racial tensions escalating in nearby Philadelphia and across the country following the death of an unarmed Black man, George Floyd, at the hands (or knee, if you will) of a Minneapolis police officer, Howard was led to bring a message of justice and equality into his predominantly white congregation. And he knew just who to call to help him bring the point home.

On June 21, Howard and Vernon Odom, a well-known 42-year news anchor from the ABC television affiliate in Philadelphia, sat in front of the sanctuary and had an open dialogue about everything from why these racial tensions are different than those in the past to where do the conversations go from here. Aside from being a well-respected journalist, Vernon is also the son of an American civil rights leader and the grandson of a man who was born into slavery in the 1850s and later became a physician.

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