By Jennifer Casey, Director of Enrollment Management, Columbia Campus

LTSS-logoThe Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) has scheduled a memorial service to honor and remember the nine victims who lost their lives in the senseless tragedy in Charleston less than six month ago. The service is scheduled for Saturday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel. A free community dinner will be offered prior to the service at 6 p.m. in the basement of the chapel. The service and dinner are free and open to the public.

It was June 17 that a South Carolina man, raised Lutheran, entered Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston and murdered nine people during a Bible study. Two of the victims, the Rev. Clementa Pinkney (also a State Senator) and Rev. Dr. Daniel Simmons, Sr., were graduates of the LTSS.

“At the time of the shooting, few students were on campus,” said the Rev. Gary Dreier, LTSS Campus Pastor and Director of Chapel. “Those that were gathered in prayer, and many others joined prayer services throughout Columbia. As we approach the six month anniversary of the tragedy, it is important for us once again to honor and remember the victims, and to pray for racial justice and an end to gun violence.”

According to Pastor Dreier, many local churches have joined the LTSS to sponsor this event including Ascension Lutheran Church, the Center for Graduate Studies of Lenoir-Rhyne University, Impact Church, Pleasant Springs at Christ Mission, and Reformation Lutheran Church.

Clergy members from these churches will speak as part of the memorial service including pastors Tim Bupp, Leroy Cannon, and Jackie Utley. Several choirs, also from the sponsoring churches, will perform.

For more information, contact the LTSS at (803) 461-3279.

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