Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

It is with a heavy heart that I write to you this morning. Today, as we prepare to go into our churches, we grieve the loss of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the Rev. Sharonda Singleton, the Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Simmons Sr., the Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Myra Thompson, Tywanza Sanders, Ethel Lee Lance, Cynthia Hurd and Susie Jackson. These brothers and sisters lost their lives Wednesday night to the hands of hate and bigotry as they gathered for prayer and Bible study.

The shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church has left us outraged and heartbroken. Once again, we are reminded how deeply the sin of racism runs in our society and the urgent need to redeem our broken communities from its cancerous clutches.

As we go into our houses of worship today, I hope you will join the New Baptist Covenant movement in remembering our slain brothers and sisters and praying for their families, friends, Emanuel AME Church and the Charleston community. I hope you will also pray for our nation, which desperately needs the transformative power of God to help us do the necessary but hard work of racial reconciliation.

Today we mourn. Tomorrow, guided by the Holy Spirit, we turn our tears into sweat. Tomorrow we act.

May God grant us strength and wisdom for the journey ahead.

Blessings to you brothers and sisters.


Hannah McMahan


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