Creighton University Prays for Healing After Derek Chauvin Trial

April 21, 2021, 11:58 a.m. ·

Participants raised their candles in a ceremony of light (Screenshot).

A day after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of killing George Floyd, Creighton University in Omaha led a prayer service that included different faiths asking for healing and inclusion after the verdict. Faith Formation Coordinator Beth Samson started the service.

"We bring a heavy year to this time of prayer, experiences of loss, loneliness, despair and suffering because of COVID-19, because of ongoing gun violence, because of injustice, and loss of life, brought about by the sin of racism," she said.

Student leaders spoke about hope, trust, and connection through their faiths in Sikh, Muslim, Christian, Dene and Buddhist traditions.

Then, Samson directed the students to share a flame with participants for a ceremony of light.

"As a symbol of our intention to nurture, hope, trust and connection in our lives, to kindle a desire for healing in our world, and to celebrate the light of faith each of us brings to this community," she said.

Later, everyone raised their candles in prayer.