Call to Grieve | Call to Action

On Christmas Day, December 25, 2015, one year old Maleah Williams was killed during a drive-by shooting in Chapel Hill. The Chapel Hill NAACP & Ministerial Alliance are holding an Emancipation Day Service in her honor on January 1st at 1:00pm at St. Joseph CME Church, 510 W. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill.

 

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II
December 30, 2015

In the hour of our deepest need, OUR children die so needlessly.  There is a prophetic mourning that demands that we be neither comfortable nor cynical in the face of violent death. They are our children, whether it is a baby shot amid a senseless crime in Chapel Hill or a child shot in 2 seconds by a trigger happy cop in Cleveland. We must mourn over it and stand against it. Pope Francis in his Laudato Si, challenged each of us "to become painfully aware; to dare to turn what is happening in the world into our own personal suffering; and thus to discover what each of us can do about it."  So today we mourn.  Tomorrow we work to transform crucifixion into resurrection; to become what the prophet Isaiah calls "repairers of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.

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