Charleston Episcopal Church reopened its doors after authority clearance welcoming all after the massacre of the Bible group by a 21 year old while thousands walked to form a Unity Chain in commemoration of the victims of the shooting condemning the actions.
Rev. Norvel Goff was pleased to welcome back his congregation after a long time after the authorities finally gave the go ahead to reopen the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.
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The church had been the crime scene of a shooting by a 21 years old Dylan Roof who was welcomed one quite Wednesday night by the Bible study group and ended up dead by his hand. The victims totaled to 9 people including Emanuel’s senior pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney.
Rev. Goff told in his sermon to BH that, “I was so pleased when authorities told us you can go back into ‘Mother Emanuel’ to worship. Some folks might need some more time in order to walk in. But for those of us who are here this morning ... because the doors of Mother Emanuel are open on this Sunday, it sends a message to every demon in hell and on earth.”
People all around America gathered to pay their respect to the 9 killed worshipers. In Boston, as in other churches nationwide, hundreds of people gathered at the historic Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal Church last night to pray for the Charleston congregation.
Rev. Gregory Groover said. “We gather publicly to express our solidarity. But more importantly, we came out here because we believe fervently in the power of prayer.”
Meanwhile in Charleston, thousands of people gathered and walked on Charleston's Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge on Sunday night in an inspiring gesture of solidarity for the victims. Marchers filled the more than 2-mile span in what they called the "Bridge to Peace Unity Chain"
The participants of the walk chatted, clapped and sang songs like "This Little Light of Mine" in the middle of the bridge, while marching between Charleston and suburban Mount Pleasant, according to NYDailyNews.
The event was covered by social media and the local and national news channels. The marchers emphasized that there was no place for racism, bigotry and hatred in their midst and any person committing a crime on these pretenses was committing it against the whole community.