Not Again

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Not again.

That was the first thought that entered my mind when I received the news about nine people dead at Mother Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, S.C.

The killing of nine people, nine people who had welcomed the stranger among them, calls our attention again to the sin of racism that continues to burden our society and impact our lives. It shakes our confidence and our foundations that such a senseless violent act could happen at church.

I share with you and invite you to read the joint pastoral letter from Sotello Long, regional minister for the Disciples in South Carolina, and John Richardson, regional minister for the Disciples in North Carolina, which calls us into eight days of prayer.

I also offer these words from Chuck Blaisdell, senior minister of First Christian Church in Colorado Springs, and Barbara Blaisdell, pastor of First Christian Church in Tacoma, Wash.: We Are Oh So Weary.

“My soul is in deep anguish. How long, Lord, how long?” Psalm 6:3 (NIV).

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