Middle Church Responds to Orlando Massacre

June 15, 2016

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." — Martin Luther King Jr.

Jacqui Lewis at NYC Stonewall Vigil for the Orlando victims

Middle Church has responded to the massacre in Orlando—an attack that killed 49 of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters—in the following ways:

Sunday, June 12:
• The song “Glory,” from the movie Selma, was performed with new verses written as a prayer by The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis during our morning worship celebration.

• We started our 30th Year Anniversary Concert of the Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir by lighting candles and sharing a moment of silence in the victims' honor.

• Rev. Jim Kast-Keat attended an interfaith prayer vigil at Judson Memorial Church

Monday, June 13
The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis and Middle member Tituss Burgess were among the readers of the names of the victims at the vigil near Stonewall Inn. Christina Fleming, Rob Stephens, and congregants also attended the event.

Tuesday, June 14
• “If We’re the Ones We’re Waiting For, We Best Get To It” by Jacqui Lewis was published on Auburn Voices 

• Jacqui Lewis's reflections on Orlando were published on On Scripture

Wednesday, June 15
• New That'll Preach Podcast "One" recorded by Jacqui Lewis and Jim Kast-Keat, discussing how Middle is responding to the Orlando tragedy as a community

Thursday, June 16
• Jacqui Lewis wrote and published "Love Will Not Rest," a message to the Middle Family

• Jacqui Lewis recorded this Facebook video advocating for a theology that delights in all difference

Sunday, June 19 at 11:15 am
Celebration In Memoriam: In memory of those who died at Pulse in Orlando, and those who died one year ago in Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, Jacqui Lewis preached a sermon called "One." The congregation lit candles, and sang, and prayed, and wept, and resolved ourselves to be light, to chase away hatred with our love.

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