Dennis Brown | June 21, 2015
To the congregation of Emanuel AME Church
Charleston, South Carolina
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Dear Friends in Christ:
On behalf of the University of Notre Dame, I extend our deepest condolences to the faithful of Emanuel AME Church on the tragic deaths of your pastor, Rev. Clementa Pickney, and your fellow congregants. You welcomed a stranger into your midst to join you in prayer and reflection on the word of God. It is hard to find words to describe our shock and sadness in learning that it was precisely this one you welcomed as a brother who senselessly killed your pastor and your sisters and brothers. We struggle to comprehend that darkness.
And yet, however deeply dark that event, it was answered by the inspiring light of Nadine Collier, Alana Simmons and others in speaking words of forgiveness for the man accused of murdering their loved ones.