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From the Post and Courier, out of Charleston.

Remember the nine people fatally shot at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church:

Clementa Pinckney, 41, the primary pastor who also served as a state senator.

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Cynthia Hurd, 54, St. Andrews regional branch manager for the Charleston County Public Library system.

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Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45, a church pastor, speech therapist and coach of the girls’ track and field team at Goose Creek High School.

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Tywanza Sanders, 26, who had a degree in business administration from Allen University, where Pinckney also attended.

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Ethel Lance, 70, a retired Gailliard Center employee who has worked recently as a church janitor.

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Susie Jackson, 87, Lance’s cousin who was a longtime church member.

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DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49, a retired director of the local Community Development Block Grant Program who joined the church in March as a pastor.

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Myra Thompson, 59, a pastor at the church.

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Daniel Simmons Sr., 74, a pastor, who died in a hospital operating room.

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The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) reaches out to its sisters and brothers of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Charleston

From the leaders of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.):

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) reaches out to its sisters and brothers of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Charleston, South Carolina, where nine people were killed when a gunman opened fire Wednesday night during Bible study. We grieve with the families of the victims and members of their church community. We hope the perpetrator is soon captured and brought to justice.

The chief of police in Charleston has named this a hate crime. We know of no other name for a crime that forces a five-year-old child to play dead in her church in order to live. Arresting the shooter is the job of law enforcement. Arresting hate is the work we are all called to do as disciples of Jesus Christ. May God never give up on us as we face our own racism and its tragic impact on congregations, their communities, and our very souls.

God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, God who has brought us thus far on our way, only you know why someone would enter into your house of worship and open fire on your children. Only you know why hate would run so deep that it would cause one of your creations to kill others you have formed. In our confusion over this senseless act, we appeal to you for understanding and courage to continue to fight for justice. We pray right now for the families of those who lost lives at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. on June 17, and ask that you would wrap your loving arms around them and the entire community. Likewise, we pray for an end to the continued racial unrest and violence that permeates the United States and the world, and ask you to guide us to work earnestly for change. Now unto you who is able to keep us from falling, we pray all these things.

Amen

Gradye Parsons
Stated Clerk, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Linda Valentine
Executive Director, Presbyterian Mission Agency

Heath K. Rada
Moderator, 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Larissa Kwong Abazia
Vice Moderator, 221st General Assembly (2014) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

 

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Purple flowers – Central Park 19

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14 June 2014
Central Park
Manhattan, New York

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Purple flowers – Morningside Gardens 9

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14 June 2015
Morningside Gardens
Manhattan, New York

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Purple flowers – Morningside Gardens 8

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14 June 2015
Morningside Gardens
Manhattan, New York

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Walking for the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations

march_flyer_5_sm[1]_page_1_medium250The Presbyterian Women’s Gathering begins this week! On Saturday, June 20, there will be a march for Justice and Peace that will benefit the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations and CARE. I will be walking!

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See you along the Trail.

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Purple flowers – West-Park Presbyterian Church 1

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13 June 2015
West-Park Presbyterian Church
Manhattan, New York

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