WASHINGTON, D.C. – Majority Whip James E. Clyburn will mark the seventh anniversary of the tragic shooting at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church by participating in a commemorative “What Kind of Soil Are We? What Kind is God Calling Us to Become?” Bible study event. The nationally coordinated weekend of Bible study, prayer and preaching will begin June 17, the day nine parishioners lost their lives in an act of hate and violence in Charleston. S.C. This will also the kickoff of a yearlong Bible study across the nation and denominations. The weekend will conclude June 19, 2022, on Juneteenth, with congregations preaching on a common theme.
“Seven years after the domestic terrorist attack at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church and as the nation mourns the innocent lives lost in recent attacks in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas, we find ourselves in the same quagmire,” said Majority Whip James E. Clyburn. “This national Bible study is much needed and allows the nation to turn the mirror on itself. What kind of soil are we if we cannot or will not protect the lives of students in school and parishioners in their places of worship? We must not allow the threads that hold the fabric of this great country together to become unraveled by appalling silence.”
Program Participants include: Senator Tim Scott (R-SC); Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Episcopal Church; Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, Lutheran Church; Rev. Dr. Lisa Bowens, Associate Professor, Princeton Theological Seminary; Re. Dr. Ellen Davis, Professor, Duke Divinity School; Presiding Bishop Samuel L. Green, Sr., 7th AME Church Episcopal District; Rev. Dr. Obery Hendricks, Columbia Adjunct Professor, Departments of Religion and African American and African Diaspora Studies; Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle, Director of D. Min. Program, Colgate/Rochester/Crozer Divinity School.
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