Emanuel Documentary Project

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Monday, June 17

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Wednesday, June 17
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The Trinity Cathedral-Bethel AME partnership goes back to 2007, the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Central High. When Emanuel AME Church in Charleston was attacked, and nine people killed, on June 17, 2015, we were spurred to deepen our relationship. Our clergy and a few lay leaders began meeting regularly for lunch. We started a series of book discussion groups and bible studies. Our choirs began occasionally to sing in one another’s services. We have had annual joint covenant renewal service. Last April 4, we held a joint service commemorating the the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King. Through all of that our congregations have become friends, and our leaders have become close.

This June 17, the fourth anniversary of the Emanuel shootings, a powerful documentary will premier, a moving testament to nine church members who were killed and to the extraordinary grace their church and families demonstrated in the aftermath. “Extraordinary” might be an understatement—the better word might be “miraculous.” The film is tender, subtle, artistically beautiful and spiritually important. I know this because I have seen it. The film’s producers had heard of our Trinity-Bethel partnership and they gave us special permission to see the film in advance of its premier.

The reason they did that is because they had also heard of a new project we have undertaken. We aspire to foster partnerships like ours across the city and on both sides of the river.

Our goal is to help create fourteen new partnerships across racial, ethnic or religious lines. We have invited six historically black and six predominantly white churches, along with a mosque and a temple, to find a potential partner congregation and attend a pre-screening of the Emanuel documentary, and a follow-up meeting about our partnership as possible model for them to use and develop as they see fit. The reception we have gotten from churches and congregations across the spectrum has been, without exception, enthusiastic.

In 2007, we started a good thing. Since then, it has deepened. And now, with God’s help, it will spread, take root, and grow throughout our city!

As for Emanuel, the documentary, your Bethel-Trinity steering group highly recommends it.

- The Trinity-Bethel Steering Committee

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