Sunday morning, June 12, 2016, Rev. Vickie and I jumped in the car and raced to Orlando, Florida, to be with our church and community on that awful day.
Four years later, the massacre at the Pulse nightclub, the murder of 49 people still shakes us to the core. The LGBT nightclub, that catered to a young, mixed crowd, was hosting a night of music for it’s Latino/a clientele. Grief over the senseless death of those young people, of different races, genders and sexual orientations, still haunts community, and fires up our church in Orlando to stand for love over hate.
That day, we had the opportunity, as friends and colleagues, to support Pastor Terri Steed-Pierce, to speak to the media, to comfort the church, to be present at the LGBT center, to hug and hold, to cry and witness.
A year later, as a new co-pastor of SunCoast MCC, Rev. Vickie spoke movingly about that day in her sermon. Here is an excerpt that says it best: