The Sun Will Come Out

I was horrified, as I know all of you were, by the shooting at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Knoxville. There will be time, somewhere down the road, to contemplate the level of hatred that could motivate one human being to attack and murder others over a difference in political philosophy. Right now, I’d like to share with you a first-person account written by Bekitty, a regular at Shakesville.

Bekitty is a member of the TVUUC and was present during the shooting. She lost two fellow congregants, one of whom was a close friend. Her story is powerful, conveying the terror of the moment, the dreadful pain and loss, and the wonder of a community that has and will continue to come together to care for each other and work toward healing.

Read it here.


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3 Responses to “The Sun Will Come Out”

  1. Songbird says:

    Thanks for the link, I don’t always check Shakesville and hadn’t seen the post. What a terrible thing.

  2. Your brother in law says:

    As most of us, I was horrified by the event as well as the shooter’s reasons for this attack. I attended a memorial service at our local Montgomery UUC tonight. My thoughts went to all the wonderful UUC friends Ken and I have. (A few years ago Ken served as a panelist for a Divesity Conference held by the UUC in Nashville. ) I also thought of our friends at the UUC in Mountain Brook and how they hosted meetings there for Equality Alabama in its beginnings.
    My prayers are with the Knoxville congregation as they begin to heal and work through this tragegy.

  3. Helen says:

    Thank you, Kathy and Tony. This Thursday evening at 7:30 there will be a candlelight vigil led by Rev. Ruth Vann Lillian. All are welcome, of course; and we’re inside the City of Birmingham now.

    Not one, but two Knoxville congregations are in mourning–half of the victims, including Linda Kraeger, who was the second person to die, were from the Westside Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

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