June 26, 2015

With Our Hearts

Mother Emanuel AME Church
Charleston, South Carolina 
We speak their names:

     Rev. Clementa Pinckney
     Cynthia Hurd
     Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton
     Tywanza Sanders
     Ethel Lance
     Susie Jackson
     DePayne Middleton Doctor
     Rev. Daniel Simmons
     Myra Thompson

Our hearts remain with their loved ones, Mother Emanuel AME Church, the Charleston community and our nation.   

Love that bears all things finds strength in unity, hope, faith and community.

"Our beating heart.  The place where our dignity as a people is inviolate...there’s no better example of this tradition than Mother Emanuel -- a church built by blacks seeking liberty, burned to the ground because its founder sought to end slavery, only to rise up again, a Phoenix from these ashes."  
                                                                                   —President Barack Obama
Watch and listen: 


Take time in silence, reflect and then connect with others.  In the days ahead create a commitment for progress in love not hate.  We can do more to realize a society where all are safe from harm.

update:  June 30, 2015

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