Consider my enemies; for they are many;
and they hate me with a cruel hatred.
O keep my soul, and save me; let me not be ashamed;
for I put my trust in you.
Let integrity and uprightness preserve me;
for I wait on you. (Psalm 25: 19-21)
We are shocked and sadden by the news of the terrible shooting in Charleston, SC. Members of the church at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, along with their pastor, were gunned down during a prayer meeting and bible study.
We stand with a community made to feel vulnerable by this hate crime. We stand with those who know they can be victimized for their race. We stand with them and remind us all that we stand together against bigotry, hatred and violence. We stand with love and compassion, integrity and uprightness. May we stand together in solidarity and peace.