After only two days of serving as the bishop of the Central Florida Diocese, I found myself marching in the streets of Sanford, FL and speaking at city hall at a city commission meeting due to the developments following the death of Trayvon Martin. As a bishop, I am a Christian leader for a geographic region of 15 counties, not merely a group of churches. This meant I had to act.
While my responsibilities extend to 87 congregations, the whole region and all of its citizens are within my spiritual oversight. What happened in the shooting of Trayvon Martin mattered to me because it mattered to the people under my care.
I will take comments on this submitted by email only to KSHarmon[at]mindspring[dot]com.