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1200+ mourn families killed in Alaska plane crash

1200+ mourn families killed in Alaska plane crash

USAToday reports on the memorial service for the two Greenville, SC families who died in a plane crash in Alaska:

About 1,200 friends, family and fellow parishioners of two families killed in a plane crash in Alaska turned out Friday to say goodbye and to try to put the tragedy in perspective of their faith.

The Rev. Harrison McLeod, rector of the Christ Church Episcopal in downtown Greenville, reminded the mourners of God’s faithfulness as portrayed through the stories of the Bible.

“But we gather here this morning and we hear the story of God’s mighty works in salvation history and we hear the names of those we love but see no longer, and we ask in our own generation that ancient question: ‘Can God be trusted?'”

AP reports:

Chris and Stacey McManus and their two children, Meghan and Connor, were killed. Melet and Kimberly Antonakos and their three children, Olivia, Miles and Anastacia, also died. Both families attended the church, and were on vacation when they were killed along with the plane’s pilot in last Sunday’s crash.

Website for Christ Episcopal Church is here.


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The same Rev’d Harrison McLeod, by the way, who last month blew the whistle on the ongoing deliberations of the diocese’s committee on same sex blessings by publishing the contents of a letter from the bishop to the diocesan clergy on the progress of the committee’s work.

[Roger Mortimer — added by editor.]

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