An Important Week For Racial Reconciliation
Today begins a significant week for racial reconciliation both in our city and our nation. As recent events have brought a higher awareness to issues of racial injustice, and today marks the fifth anniversary of the tragic shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church, we want to invite you to several opportunities to remember and pray this week.
Emanuel 9 Anniversary - Wednesday, June 17
Today, we remember the victims and their families, and we grieve alongside our brothers and sisters in Christ. Sometime this week, consider watching the Emanuel documentary that premiered last year. It is available to rent for just a few dollars on Amazon.
Juneteenth - Friday, June 19
Friday is Juneteenth, which celebrates the end of slavery in America. Though the institution officially ended over 150 years ago, we cannot ignore its continuing effect on our culture today, nor can we ignore our history, especially in Charleston. So on Friday, let's celebrate the end of slavery but also remember the many men and women who suffered at its hand.
Night of Lament for Racial Justice - Saturday, June 20
On Saturday, The Gospel Coalition is hosting a Night of Lament for Racial Justice. You can watch it on Youtube or Facebook at 7 pm Saturday. We invite you to join with Christians all over the country for this time of guided prayer and song.
Cry Out Prayer - Wednesday, June 24
Next Wednesday, you are invited to a Time of Prayer at 7 pm on the steps of Mother Emanuel AME Church. This event is being coordinated by Mission Charleston, which is led by Craig Tuck, one of our Elders. If you are unable to join in person, it will also be live-streamed on Facebook. More specific information will be released closer to the event.
We invite you to be a part of each of these events and encourage you to talk through the significance of each one with your family. We know that all people are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26) and that all are invited to be part of God's family (Galatians 3:28). Our hope is that by taking part in these events, we can help make progress toward unity amongst God's people, and towards an end to the injustices seen by people of color throughout our nation's history.