On behalf of the officers and members of Bailey African Methodist Episcopal Church of Everett, we join in mourning the tragic loss of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Senior Pastor and the eight other victims who were meeting at Mother Emanuel AME Church in South Carolina while in Bible study/prayer meeting. We are all now a part of a global prayer meeting for these families and all families and communities deeply wounded by racism and violence. We unite voices in proclaiming, “If God is for us, who can be against us? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? No! In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us!”(Romans 8).
As other recent events of violence and racism have compelled us to do, again we call on all AME Churches and all people of good will to support the victims of this and all acts of violence, to work to end racism and hatred, to seek peace with justice, and to live the prayer that our Lord gave us, that God’s “kingdom come, (and) will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
Our hearts are filled with gratitude for Trinity Episcopal Church of Everett and Arlington United Church who have reached out to us in love, sympathies and condolences to show their concern for us, and for justice and peace among all people, as we work together toward respect and dignity of every human being.
The Rev. W. Eugene Square, Sr. Pastor
Bailey AME Church