This weekend marks the anniversary of the Mother Emmanuel tragedy.  From Scripture and the Constitution of our denomination, the PCUSA, we declare with a clear and unwavering voice:

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  John 13:34

We believe that Christ’s work of reconciliation is made manifest in the church as the community of believers who have been reconciled with God and with one another…that this unity must become visible so that the world may believe that separation, enmity and hatred between people and groups is sin which Christ has already conquered, and accordingly that anything which threatens this unity may have no place in the church and must be resisted.  Confession of Belhar (1986)

On the side of love,

Pastor Daniel