Rev. Chris Buice is minister of Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, the site of the shooting last summer that killed two people and wounded six others. This week, he has an essay in Newsweek magazine’s “My Turn” feature. Here’s a brief excerpt:
the question keeps coming back: “Shall we return hatred for hatred?” Anyone who has endured a brutal act of violence will know the temptation. Our congregation’s experience, however, offers a cautionary tale. The man who brought violence to our church hated liberals. But in his desire to defeat terrorism he became a terrorist himself.