“We need prayer George. Tell your viewers to pray for the families of victims and for our nation. Our nation and world need prayer, George.” These are the words spoken by a community leader this morning during a live interview on Good Morning
America news television broadcast.
When tragedy visits our communities, it is our natural inclination to seek refuge in the church. On last evening, June 17th, 2015 an historic church of the community was targeted in a suspected hate crime and tragic loss of life. One day later, though shaken, the Church continues to serve as the place of refuge. Our faith does not have its foundation in brick and mortar, but in the Church universal – the beloved community and family of God. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in our embodiment of “unity as our polar star” stands in solidarity with the families and the community of Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Their unconscionable loss and their palpable grief can be felt throughout the entire world and body of believers.