Many thoughtful blogs and articles have been written about last week’s massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. No doubt, many more will be written as we continue to reflect on this event as a nation and as Christians. Many of the links listed below were posted to the UMC Preachers Facebook Group, as social media tend to offer the most immediate resources for people preparing for sermons and Bible studies.
I am providing links to some of these articles below, and will continue to add to the list as more articles, blogs, and reflections are offered during this week of celebrating the lives of the nine victims. If you see something you find particularly thoughtful, please email me the link at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will add it to the list.
I would urge our United Methodist preachers to continue to offer prayers and to wrestle with the theological and social implications of not only this event, but other incidences of racism and prejudice as opportunities arise in the study of our Holy Scriptures. Many blessings to you as you prepare to be bold and relevant stewards of God’s word.