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Charleston SC churches to ring bells Sunday morning

Charleston SC churches to ring bells Sunday morning

Many of the churches in Charleston SC are planning to ring their bells simultaneously at 10:00 am EDST tomorrow, Sunday, 21 JUN. The event is planned as a show of unity with the congregation of Emanuel AME Church after the tragic, fatal attack that occurred there this past Wednesday evening.

This information was released by the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and reported in the local newspaper, the Post & Courier.

Another group in Charleston has picked up the event and has called on churches across the US to join with the bell ringing as a further show of unity. Explore Charleston issued a tweet stating, “Today, we call upon our collective strength to make this a day of unity and compassion in Charleston. #CharlestonStrong #PrayforCharleston.” Afterward, the group also posted it’s call on it’s Instagram account.

The time zone breakdown for churches and others across continental North America wishing to join the ring of solidarity would be;
10:00 am EDST
9:00 am CDST
8:00 am MDST
7:00 am PDST

Posted by David Allen


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Nathan Empsall

This is a late suggestion for rectors and I’m sorry it didn’t occur earlier in the week – but rectors, while I know that your bulletins are already printed for tomorrow and the choir has already had its weekly rehearsal, in addition to ringing bells please consider singing “the black national anthem” – “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (Hymn 599 in the Episcopal Hymnal 1982) – tomorrow. I think this would be an appropriate thing for us to include in our broader response to Charleston and to racism, for our own sake and for the show of solidarity and love, especially if it was widespread.

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