Service of Peace and Reconciliation
in Response to Emanuel AME Church Tragedy

To be Held Wednesday June 24 at 7 pm in Endicott

The Broome County Council of Churches is sponsoring an interfaith/ecumenical prayer service this Wednesday evening in response to the recent shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The service, to be hosted by Cornerstone Community Church at 911 East Main St., Endicott, begins at 7 p.m. All are invited to attend.

Readings from Howard Thurman and Martin Luther King will be offered, as well as prayers and music from various faith traditions. The service will conclude with the lighting of candles for peace and reconciliation.

Asked to comment on the need for such a service at this time, Executive Director Dr. Joseph Sellepack said, “In a world that is torn apart by violence, prejudice, and hatred, we come together to pray for peace, reconciliation, and love that reaches out and includes all created in God’s image and sustained on God’s earth.”

The Broome County Council of Churches, headquartered in Binghamton, collaborates with many facets of the community to provide services to the hungry, elderly and lonely, disabled, sick, imprisoned, homeless and poor, and the youth of Broome County. As an advocate for change and reconciliation, the Council promotes peace, justice, and genuine community across racial, ethnic, gender, socio-economic, and religious lines.

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