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James Cone talks about forgiveness in a New Yorker piece on Charleston

In a long-form piece on the aftermath of the horrific murders in Charleston, New Yorker Editor David Remnick explores concepts of forgiveness, highlighting the empathy and conciliatory tone that the late Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney adopted even while campaigning for police reforms following the killing of Walter Scott.

Scott, a Coast Guard veteran, was shot and killed as he ran from an officer who had stopped him because a tail light was out.

From the article:

He also showed an almost unfathomable degree of […]

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On Charleston: Responses from voices of faith

The deaths in Charleston, S.C. have prompted grief, anger, fear, the question of whether there is any sanctuary, even in a sanctuary, from a violence and hate that continues. Some of today’s voices:

Earlier today, President Barack Obama issued a statement on the Charleston shootings:

…At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.  It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of […]

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South Carolina Episcopal bishop responds to Charleston shooting

A message from the Right Reverend Charles G. vonRosenberg, Bishop of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina:

The unimaginable tragedy at Emanuel AME Church calls for prayer, response, and self examination.

In our prayers, may we remember the victims, their families, the community of faith that is Emanuel, the wider communities of faith in the AME Church, and our society so prone to violence.

As paths of response, may we seek and develop avenues of racial conversation and reconciliation; may we refuse to […]

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Nine fatalities reported in shooting at Charleston, S.C. church

1:18 a.m. ET: BREAKING: The New York Times has reported nine fatalities in the S.C. shooting:

Officials did not release information about possible victims. Chief Greg Mullen said the police believed it was a hate crime.

The gunman has not been arrested yet.

1:10 a.m. ET.: This evening at 9 p.m., an as-yet-unidentified or apprehended man opened fire at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in […]

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Church integration efforts in South Carolina

Racial segregation is the de facto standard for American Christian worship, but some churches are making a concentrated effort to integrate their communities. Writing for the Post and Courier, Adam Parker and Jennifer Berry Hawes profile integrated worship at several churches in Charleston, South Carolina.

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