This evening, members of Beloved Community will host a vigil at Ainsworth United Church of Christ to honor victims of the First Baptist Church shootings. The vigil begins at 7 p.m.
A message from Beloved Community:
The other day, all of us were shocked and saddened by yet another act of mass violence on American soil. The murder of 26 people gunned down during a worship service at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, TX is yet another example of the spiritual sickness that continues to infect the good people of our nation. As with the mass shooting at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, TN last September, or at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC back in 2015, yesterday's tragedy leaves all people of faith particularly vulnerable, but also freshly resolved to match this spiritual sickness with spiritual healing.
Let us also recognize that thoughts and prayers are no longer enough. As people of faith, we are called to action in the face of systemic violence. So even as we grieve the dead and pray for the families that are left behind, let the horror of this tragedy be a crucible of discernment for all of us. What do our traditions demand of us in this time and place? What do our hearts require that we do in the face of such evil acts? Please join us in asking these questions whether you are able to join us in person tomorrow or not.
More information can be found at the Facebook event page.