The Conviction of Derek Chauvin

By the Office of the President

April 21, 2021 | 10 a.m.

Yesterday, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of several charges in the death of George Floyd. While it cannot restore the life that was lost, this verdict is an important step toward the justice and reconciliation that we, as Christ-followers, seek. 

I know that George Floyd’s death, the subsequent protests in Minnesota and nationwide, and this trial have taken a toll on many members of our community—especially our students and employees of color. As we process this news together, please know that Bethel is committed to supporting your mental, emotional, and spiritual health through the resources available in the Office of Counseling Services and the Office of Christian Formation and Church Relations

Our Christian formation and church relations staff, along with several other departments and student groups, are facilitating intentional opportunities for us to come together as a community to support, encourage, and pray for one another.

In this pivotal moment, it is crucial for each of us to remember that reconciliation is more than a core value—it is a lifelong calling to honor the dignity and worth of all people. Please join me in praying for our community, our city, and our country as we continue to work toward a more equitable, just, and hopeful future for everyone.

Ross Allen, President