Heidi Haverkamp

Heidi Haverkamp is senior associate rector of St.Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church in Chicago and author of Advent in Narnia: Reflections on the Season (Westminster John Knox). She blogs at Diary of a Downtown Priest, part of the CCblogs network.

On the radio last week, I heard a police officer being interviewed about the shootings in his town of Roseberg, Oregon. He said something like, “We’re just in shock. Things like this always happen somewhere else, not in a town like ours.” I was surprised to hear this. I take it for granted that, someday, a public shooting is going to happen in a town, school, or church near me, maybe at a time when I happen to be there.
October 5, 2015