Another Church Shooting

This time at a Baptist church in Illinois. The pastor was killed and several parishioners were injured as, just like at Tennessee Valley UU, they charged the shooter and disarmed him. No word on any motives. Here’s the story as it stands now, from the AP via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

I remember Scottie Johnson’s sermon the Sunday after the incident in Knoxville. She ran off a list of perhaps a dozen acts of violence against churches – they were all across the religious spectrum. They had nothing in common except their doors were open to anyone who wanted to walk in and hear an encouraging word.

Let’s all say a prayer for Rev. Fred Winters – may his god give him peace. And say another prayer for his family and the folks at First Baptist Church of Maryville, Illinois.

And say a third that this madness will end.

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About John Beckett

I’m a Druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. I’m an ordained priest in the Universal Gnostic Fellowship. I’m the Coordinating Officer of the Denton, Texas Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans. This year I’m also serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of CUUPS National. I’m a member of the Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

I write as a spiritual practice. It helps me organize my thoughts and work through ideas and concepts. It helps me evaluate my beliefs and practices against my core values and against what I know (or at least, what I think I know) to be true. It helps me interpret my experiences (religious and otherwise) in ways that are both meaningful and honest.


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