Purpose and Invitation to Participate
Remembering Injustice, Working for Justice
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Dear Friends in Christ,
We were all shaken to learn of the massacre of nine people on the evening of June 17, 2015 at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. It was all the more distressing to find that this act was motivated by racial hatred and perpetrated by someone so young. The resulting solidarity in outrage and recommitment to human dignity led to the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the statehouse in Columbia. It was a significant step in the direction of racial justice and reconciliation in our state. But it is far from enough.
On Sunday, June 18, 2017, it will have been two years and one day since the Mother Emanuel Massacre. In our churches, how can we mark this sad anniversary? How might we speak a word to rouse us to further efforts to combat racism and build a more just society in our state? How might we lift our voices in prayer to the God of justice and love?
The Racial Justice and Healing Workgroup of the South Carolina Christian Action Council has prepared and offers several resources to clergy and congregations in the hope that across South Carolina on June 18, 2017, Christian congregations will experience a concert of worship services the Sunday following this second anniversary. These resources take the form of worship planning helps, reflections upon the readings of the Common Lectionary for Sunday, June 18 for sermon preparation, and example sermons.
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