I deeply appreciated the sermon at the Episcopal Church I've been attending centered the El Paso mass shooting in our state. Moreover, it was not framed as mental illness or somehow an isolated event, but as a problem of malice, anger, and hate. And the priest placed it in context. She noted it was the 250th mass shooting this year and the forces of malice building and directing that rage.
Her opening began with scenes of running. She moved from the well known line, "Run, Forrest! Run!" to a report of a parent or grandparent in El Paso telling a teen child over her cell phone to run. And that one of the worst things about today's shooting is that we have to use the qualifier 'today'. And closed by discussing how quickly the shooting in Ohio had followed.
Reverend Ann McLemore's sermon I referenced in this thread from this past Sunday is online for anyone interested. It's not some rhetorical masterpiece, but she faced and spoke to the reality of the events and the hatred and malice behind them. Isn't that the least people should expect from spiritual leaders?
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