Two Opportunities to Address Prejudice and Hate in our Communities

Dear Pastor:

I am writing to encourage you to share with your congregation two opportunities that could help address the racial prejudice and hate in our community.

The first is an invitation for your members to go see the documentary Emanuel: The untold story of the victims and survivors of the Charleston Church Shooting. Following the link (https://www.emanuelmovie.com/) will provide more information about this documentary, including a trailer and where to watch. In the Columbia area, it will be shown at the Regal Theaters in Harbison and Sandhills at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 17th and Wednesday, June 19th.

The second invitation is for you and your congregation to attend a discussion of the documentary that will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 20th at Ebenezer Lutheran Church Chapel located at 1301 Richland Street in Columbia. There we will share the profound insights and faith stories of these nine families and first responders and how we can work together to overcome this kind of hate and prejudice.

It is rare that a movie like this is produced. I have included a short announcement that you could use in your bulletin or newsletter.

In Christ,
Bishop Herman Yoos

Announcement:

At 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 17th and Wednesday, June 19th the Regal Theaters in Harbison and Sandhills show a documentary called Emanuel: The untold story of the victims and survivors of the Charleston Church Shooting. For more details about the documentary, including a powerful trailer, visit https://scsynod.com/news/emanuel. On Thursday, June 20th at Ebenezer Lutheran Church Chapel from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. you are invited to participate in a discussion of this documentary and how we can work together to overcome the hate and prejudice in our communities.

This is Christ’s Church. There is a place for you here.

We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person–questions, complexities and all. Join us as we do God’s work in Christ’s name for the life of the world.

Contact Information

ELCA South Carolina Synod
1003 Richland Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Telephone 803-765-0590
Fax 803-252-5558

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