In the wake of the shooting massacre at a Texas church, the Rev. Eric S.C. Manning has visited members of his own congregation — Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church — to see how they are coping with rekindled memories and ongoing grief.
Manning, who became pastor of the Charleston, S.C., church about a year after nine people were killed by a gunman during a Bible study by a white supremacist, has picked up the phone this year to call a Tennessee church and a Canadian mosque that suffered their own attacks. But he hopes to offer a “ministry of presence” by visiting members of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, where a gunman killed 25 on Sunday (Nov. 5).
He talked to RNS about how things have changed — new security and a new counseling center – for his church members and how they’ve stayed the same — the church doors remain open to members and visitors.
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