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CS Perspective from the Christian Science Monitor –

Rejecting Hate by Kari Machos

FriendshipThe congregants of the oldest African-American church in the South, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, have the thoughts and prayers of people around the nation.  As the many prayer vigils attest to, people are turning thoughts away from the hate crime perpetrated and, instead, toward love for those who were killed and for their families and friends left with grief. 

These demonstrations of love in response to hate may seem remarkable to some. But people of faith turn to what they know, what they have been helped by for perhaps generations – a universal and divine power, known as God, divine Love, that comforts those who mourn. For those of faith, prayer is the way to connect with the love of God that brings comfort and healing; it’s an answered prayer anchored in the beatitude “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4). In this, Emanuel A.M.E. Church and those who join with them in prayer, are not united by murder; we are united by our love for each other and by our faith in one omnipotent power, God, divine good… continue reading

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