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“Someone should have told the young man (alleged shooter Dylann Roof), [that if] he wanted to start a race war, ... he came to the wrong place.”
– African Methodist Episcopal Bishop John Richard Bryant at the funeral of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, pastor of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, and one of the nine shooting victims.
"I read scripture theologically. But as a New Testament scholar, I see my job as always listening first and foremost to the text in its historical context, and allowing its theology to be the first voice to which we respond. In the end, I will affirm creeds or confessions, if I do, because I believe they contain the right things to say at a given moment in time in which they were written, in light of what scriptures says."
– J. R. Daniel Kirk, a professor at Fuller Theological Seminary who was denied tenure after participating in a panel on how to respond to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on marriage equality. From his blog Storied Theology.
"War, retaliation and retribution are not the answer. The only thing that will conquer hate is our deciding to love. Such is the imperative of discipleship to love. Love that is unconditional. Situations may result in catastrophe. Circumstances may seemingly justify condemnation, but that’s not what Christians are allowed to do. We are not allowed to counter-punch. We are required to love in the face of pain, prejudice and persecution, doing so unconditionally."
– The Rev. F. Willis Johnson, pastor of Wellspring United Methodist Church in Ferguson, Mo., in an essay on the Charleston massacre for Ministry Matters.
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