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by Ed Bacon, Rector of All Saints Church

Our hearts are broken by the unimaginable tragedy that took the lives of nine members of Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina — including Senior Minister, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney.

At All Saints Church we are committed to confronting and eradicating racism in all forms, as well as to addressing and preventing gun violence. This tragedy further strengthens our resolve to bring an end to the epidemic of gun violence that has infected our nation, resulting in senseless death, grief and loss. And it calls us to once again challenge the toxic influence of systemic racism that plagues our nation.

President Obama said in his remarks this morning, “Any death of this sort is a tragedy. Any shooting involving multiple victims is a tragedy. There is something particularly heartbreaking about the death happening in a place in which we seek solace and we seek peace, in a place of worship.” I would add that there is something particularly horrifying about the death happening to black lives gathered for worship at the hands of a white racist gunman. And that when communities are targeted because of any kind of difference, it creates a tear in the fabric of our common humanity.

We at All Saints Church call on all people of faith and good will to stand with our Mother Emanuel Church faith family in this tragic time – and then to redouble our efforts to work to be the change we want to see in the world.


Visit our website to find out more about our Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.