Buffalo Shooting, Pastors Charged with Abuse, & Memorial Day
Families in Buffalo, New York continue to grieve a mass shooting at a grocery store. Authorities believe the shooting was motivated by racism. The Southern Baptist Convention has released a list of pastors who have been credibly charged with abuse. There are more than 700 names on the list. And Americans are observing Memorial Day, a federal holiday for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.
Families in Buffalo, New York continue to grieve a mass shooting at a grocery store. Authorities believe the shooting was motivated by racism.
SBC Executive Committee Interim President/CEO recently visited a prayer gathering of pastors in the area.
“My goals were to listen to the stories of ministry leaders in Buffalo, learn about how God is at work in their church and community as a result of this tragic act of violence, and demonstrate the love of Jesus,” McLaurin said.
Frank Williams, a Bronx, N.Y., pastor and president of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention told Baptist Press, “When massacres like this happen, especially when it has the appearance of being motivated by a racist agenda, it requires disaster relief of a different kind. It begins with the kind of solidarity that Paul the apostle speaks of in 1 Corinthians 12:26, ‘and if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it.’”
A gunman killed 10 African Americans were killed at the supermarket.
The Southern Baptist Convention has released a list of pastors who have been credibly charged with abuse. The list was created by previous leadership of the SBC Executive Committee but not made public until now.
There are more than 700 names on the list.
The release comes days after a report was released on a nine-month investigation into the alleged mishandling of sexual abuse claims by the Executive Committee.
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Americans are observing Memorial Day, a federal holiday for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.
In an article, Joe Carter writes, Memorial Day is often confused with Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. While those who died are also remembered, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military both in wartime or peacetime.
In 2000, Congress passed the “National Moment of Remembrance Act which designates 3:00 PM. local time on Memorial Day each year as the National Moment of Remembrance, in “honor of the men and women of the United States who died in the pursuit of freedom and peace.” All Americans are encouraged to pause wherever they are at that time for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.