Awful news

I first heard about the shooting at the Unitarian Church in Knoxville on a UU home-ed list. The story did actually make it as far as the front page of BBC news at one point. There’s talk of it being a hate crime, due to the liberal leanings of the Church. What’s more gutting to me is the fact that the gunman chose as his most auspicious time for violence the production of Annie put on by the church children. How do they begin to recover from an incident like that? And apparently one homeschooling mother was shot, her two boys sitting on either side of her. I cannot fathom how a person could either be so unmindful as to inflict this sort of trauma on children, or, being mindful, how a person could rationalize their actions.

The CNN article also returned to mind the church shooting that occurred in my own hometown during my absence. As much as I sometimes hate being away from home, particularly during difficult times, it’s comforting to know that there are more than enough binding ties between humans to propel them towards healing and progress.

To quote the church website:

Love is the spirit of this church and service is its law. This is our great convenant: to dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love, and to help one another.

May they swiftly regain their peace.


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