Unitarians steadfast after church shooting

No plans to alter teachings
Unitarian Universalist leaders say a fatal shooting at a church in Knoxville, Tennessee, will not deter them from continuing their socially progressive teachings, even as police say those beliefs appeared to be a factor in the deadly rampage.

One day after the July 27 shooting at a church musical that left two congregants dead and six wounded, members began the healing process with a candlelight vigil.

“We’re here tonight to make sense of the senseless,” said William Sinkford, president of the Boston-based Unitarian Universalist Association, who flew to Knoxville to comfort the 460-member congregation. “Fear will not prevent us from standing on the side of love,” he said, adding that the UUA will continue to open its doors to all.

A children’s choir ended the rain-soaked vigil by singing “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow,” a popular song from the production of Annie Jr. that was interrupted by gunfire on that Sunday morning.

 

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