Will you join other congregations across South Carolina in a concert of worship on the Sunday nearest the anniversary of the “Mother” Emanuel Church killings?
This year the Council’s Racial Justice Sunday is on June 17, 2018–the 3rd anniversary of that deadly and disturbing racially motivated violence. This year, 2018, is also the 50th commemorative year of another deadly racially impacted event in South Carolina. On the Campus of South Carolina State University–the Orangeburg Massacre and 2018 Charlotte Observer –occurred on February 8, 1968. Sadly, there are many injustices to remember.This year we are focusing on these two.
The Council’s new Racial Justice Art reminds us of the terror and tears of millions in the past. It urges us to move through our painful, yet hopeful, present to dawn of the Beloved Community for which we long. It reminds us that the roots of our state are deeply embedded in a racist history. Together we pray and work for that time when the tears caused by White Supremist beliefs and actions are only remembered and the dawn of a new day of dignity, respect and freedom for all reigns.
By observing Racial Justice Sunday on June 17, 2018–or on a date that works for your congregation–you join other clergy and congregations who in worship are Remembering Injustice and Working for Justice. Indeed, thoughts and prayers have never been enough. Justice and Healing take work.
These resources are provided to spur your prayer and planning for a concert of worship across our state. You may adapt these resources to best serve your needs.
Thank you for addressing the importance of Remembering Injustice and the challenge of Working for Justice in the lives of individuals, congregations, our state, our nation, and our world.
COMMENTARY on the readings of the Common Lectionary for Sunday, June 17, 2018
– Resurrection Power
by the Reverend Dr. James Blassingame
Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina
– Follow Jesus
by the Reverend Dr. Joseph Darby, African Methodist Episcopal Church
– Emanuel Nine Anniversary Sermon
by the Rt. Reverend Andrew Waldo
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina
2017 Racial Justice Sunday Resources