OUR HEARTS ARE BROKEN AGAIN
The Emmanuel AME Church is a historic African-American church which traces its roots to 1816 and has a rich and deep history in the struggle for civil and human rights. This Church community which has opened its doors to so many people of any or no faith has suffered such tragedy as to break our hearts as a Nation and a people.
The members of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa Country stand in solidarity with the people of Emmanuel AME Church as they try to cope with horrifying murders of their Church members who were killed in a prayer service this past Wednesday evening.
While we do not yet know all the facts of this tragic incident, we must confront the gun violence and racism that continues to tear at the fabric of our society. As the story unfolds we, as an Interfaith Community, must pursue all means to eradicate racial hatred and violence from our society.
Places of worship must be safe havens for the oppressed, the hurting, and the stranger. We are certain the people of Emmanuel AME Church of Charleston, SC will continue to inspire us with their faith and courage.
The Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County calls upon all its member congregations to offer prayers of support to the people of the Charleston Community.
On behalf of the Governing Board of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County
Rev. Will McGarvey
Davis Chapel & St. Peter CME Churches