Day: June 20, 2015

Observations from Home (The Mother Emanuel Edition)

The horrific murders during the Wednesday evening Bible study of nine members of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, have rarely left my mind over the past few days. I have talked about it with colleagues who live in the city, prayed for the victims and their families during a conference on the legacy of African-American Rosenwald Schools, read dozens of articles and commentaries, and had long conversations over the family dinner table – all to try to make sense out of the senseless. To take another step in that process, I’m adding to my “Observations from Home” series with this collection of unrelated observations and thoughts which all revolve around the many issues raised by this racist rampage. Bible Study – Those of us who grew up in the 20th century South in the evangelical tradition understand the nature of a weekday gathering to study scripture. The regulars are the spiritual seekers and mentors who take their faith very seriously. When I heard that the shootings had taken place at the weekday …