Emanuel Nine Feast Day

Chicago, IL


On June 17th, 2015, a 21-year old white supremacist attended a prayer service and Bible Study at the historic African-American church, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He was warmly received by the group. Together, they all participated in Bible Study for 40 minutes. He waited for them to begin praying. Then he raised a gun, espoused racist rhetoric and epithets, and for 6 horrific minutes, fired at all the participants, killing 9 beautiful brothers and sisters in Christ.

They are forever remembered as the Emanuel Nine.

We have work to do. The shooter was baptized in the ELCA and was on the rolls of an ELCA congregation. Two of his victims, Rev. Daniel Lee Simmons Sr., and Rev. Clementa Pinckney, were graduates of the Lutheran Theology Southern Seminary, one of 8 ELCA seminaries.

In the ELCA, June 17th should forever be a day of repentance from racism, in addition to a day of remembrance and mourning.

Between August 5th and 10th, the Churchwide Assembly of the ELCA will be meeting in Wisconsin. Before them a resolution will be proposed to commemorate June 17th as the Emanuel Nine Feast Day of Repentance from Racism. Please join us in showing your support and sincerely held wish that this resolution is passed.

What you can do:

1. Sign Our Petition

You can read the resolution language and sign our petition here:

2. Join Our Volunteers

You can sign up to join our volunteers here:

3. Spread the Word

(Here's a video with instructions on how to invite)

4. Donate to Our Efforts

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With respect for their sacrifice, awe of the compassionate and beautiful lives that they led, and our responsibility to do better, we'vecompiled a collection of biographies on the Emanuel Nine. We hope you will learn more about these 9 stunning, beautiful siblings in Christ. That collection is here:

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