We mourn those who lost their lives in last week's terrible tragedy at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and especially hold up in prayer two CRCDS family members: Rev. Waltrina Middleton and Rev. Norvel Goff.
Rev. Middleton is a current Doctor of Ministry student who lost her cousin, Depayne Middleton Doctor, in the killings. Rev. Norvel Goff (CRCDS '07), former president of the Rochester chapter of the NAACP, accepted the prodigious challenge of heading the Emanuel AME congregation until a new pastor is found. We hold them both close in prayer as they make their way through their separate challenges in the weeks and months to come.
When trying to make sense of senseless acts, people turn to each other, to the news, and to the written word in order to feel connected and to find some measure of peace and healing. To that end, we share with you some of the pieces recently published or shared by our faith leaders, including Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, Rev. Richard "Dick" Myers and the African American Presidents and Deans of Theological Schools, as well as news coverage relating to Rev. Middleton and Rev. Goff.
Dr. Marvin A. McMickle's reaction to the Charleston, SC killings:
Rev. Myers piece in the Rochester, NY Democrat and Chronicle: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/opinion/guest-column/2015/06/18/can-south-carolina-mass-killing/28941267/
Article regarding Rev. Goff assuming leadership of Emanuel AME: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2015/06/18/ex-rochester-pastor-assumes-leadership-sc-deadly-church-shooting/28927537/
Rev. Goff's resolve: "No demon, no evildoer can close the church": http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/21/us/charleston-church-shooting-main/
Letter from African American Presidents and Deans: http://www.crcds.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/A-Prayer-for-Emanuel-and-the-Nine.pdf
Rev. Waltrina Middleton: "The Attack on Charleston is an Attack on All of us": http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-waltrina-middleton/the-attack-on-charleston-_b_7627986.html