Pastoral Letter: A Word of Lamentation for Charlottesville, Virginia

We’d like to share a letter written Aug. 14 by the Rev. April Johnson, Minister of Reconciliation for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Rev. Johnson will lead a Lexington Theological Seminary webinar on reconciliation in May.

“Words fail when I attempt to describe the despair that engulfed me upon the learning of the tragedy of violence and murder in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend. Labels such as domestic terrorism, religious extremism, racism and bigotry, all which are fitting, do not serve to assuage the painful reality that hate’s death-dealing behaviors prevail in our society and nation. To denounce it is an important response but in no way completes the cycle of what is needed to diminish its power. …” Read the full letter at