Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Burning Churches

Four predominantly black churches were burned at the end of June, following the mass execution of nine members of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.  The Episcopal cathedral in St. Louis has established a fund to help rebuild those churches.  If you would like to donate to this cause, here is the full text of their effort, along with the address of the cathedral:

At the end of June, four predominantly black churches were burned down by arsonists in a clear attempt to strike a blow at the heart of the black community. As fellow children of God, we stand with our sisters and brothers to help them rebuild these buildings -- which are not just houses of worship but centers of ministry for their community.

To that end,  the Rebuild the Churches Fund has been established to collect donations from all over the world for the rebuilding of these churches. We have set an initial goal of $25,000. All money received will be divided equally among these congregations:

Glover Grove Baptist Church, Warrenville, SC

College Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church, Knoxville, TN

Briar Creek Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC

God's Power Church of Christ, Macon, GA

If other black churches are burned or previous fires are deemed to be arson, they will be added to the distribution list.

The fund is being managed and funds will be disbursed by Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal) in St. Louis. All contributions are tax deductible.

Those wishing to give can also make a check out to Christ Church Cathedral with "Rebuild the Churches Fund" in the memo line and send it to:

Rebuild the Churches
c/o Christ Church Cathedral
1210 Locust Street
St. Louis, MO 63103

Communities of all faiths are invited to hold special offerings as a sign of interfaith solidarity against racism and with our sisters and brothers of faith.

And if you want to see their website, and/or donate electronically, you can do so here.


Lady Anne | 11:54 AM, July 02, 2015  

In reading over the list of gifts, I found both Islamic and Jewish donations. And if the shoe happened to be on the other foot...

Reverend Ref + | 11:57 AM, July 02, 2015  

I think if the shoe were on the other foot -- Islamic temples and Jewish synagogues burned -- I'd be willing to bet that an Episcopal church in the area would start a similar fund.

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