Magazine article The Christian Century

Eric S. C. Manning

Magazine article The Christian Century

Eric S. C. Manning

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In the wake of the mass shooting at a Texas church, Eric S. C. Manning, pastor of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, visited members of his own congregation coping with rekindled memories and ongoing grief.

The incident evoked again "the sheer raw emotions of having their church violated and having their ministerial staff and loved ones murdered within the sacred walls of the church."

Manning became pastor of Emanuel AME in June 2016, a year after nine people were killed by a white supremacist gunman during a Bible study. This year he picked up the phone and called a Tennessee church and a Canadian mosque that had suffered attacks. He and congregational leaders from Emanuel AME hope to travel to Texas to visit members of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, where 26 people died on November 5.

They hope to provide "a ministry of presence to be with them to show solidarity and that they are not alone," he said. "One thing that we have learned is that when trauma happens sometimes those who have gone through it are able to provide a little bit more of an encouragement. …

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