Words of grief and consolation after a deadly attack on the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville.
Passing quickly, in an eternity of terror-filled moments, the whirlwind has scattered our sense of order. Children singing ran in fear. Adults, gathering courage, stopped the carnage. Terror passed quickly that Sabbath morning, ripping us open, exposing a deep loveless darkness that can rest in the human soul.
We wait now and pray that our eyes, having adjusted to this unwelcome darkness, will begin to see what needs to be done, what comfort needs to be given, what courage needs to be collected, what hope needs to be spoken.
May it be so.
see below for links to related resources, including UU World’s coverage of the Sunday, July 27, shootings at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, which killed two.
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The Rev. Stephen M. Shick is minister of the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson, Massachusetts, and the author of Consider the Lilies: Meditations (Skinner House Books, 2003) and Be the Change: Poems, Prayers and Meditations for Peacemakers and Justice Seekers (Skinner House Books, 2009).