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A prayer service to commemorate the Emanuel 9 is Wednesday, June 17, 5 p.m. via Facebook
The prayer service will also be available on the RMS Vimeo channel.
On June 17th, 2015, a 21-year old white supremacist attended a prayer service and Bible Study at the historic African-American church, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
The shooter was baptized in the ELCA and was on the rolls of an ELCA congregation. Of his nine victims, two, Rev. Daniel Lee Simmons Sr., and Rev. Clementa Pinckney, were graduates of the Lutheran Theology Southern Seminary, one of 8 ELCA seminaries.
As part of the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, voting members adopted a resolution designating June 17 as a commemoration of the martyrdom of the Emanuel 9—the nine people shot and killed on June 17, 2015, during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.
Congregations and ministries are encouraged to commemorate the Emanuel 9 in worship or small group gatherings. Resources for commemorating this day in worship can be found here: https://www.elca.org/emanuelnine
Confessing Racism – A Lament for the Church