Dr. Sinkford just got up (we’re at the start of the Friday afternoon plenary) and recognized members of the Westside Unitarian Universalist Church for their strength in the face of last year’s shooting at the Tennessee Valley UU Church. (TVUAA had been recognized in an earlier plenary.)

And he told a story that shows the best of who we are.

The WUUC members drove here from Nashville. On the way, they stopped off at the Reformed Lutheran Church in Wichita, KS — the church in which Dr. George Tiller was assassinated in late May. They dropped off a quilt, made by the members of Westside UUC, that included all of their handprints — a statement of solidarity and compassion from one congregation to another that had faced the same kind of violent attack.

A lovely thing.

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  1. Shirley McGuire

    Thank you for your kind words. I am a member of Westside UUC. We are in Knoxville, TN. as is TVUUC. One of our members, Linda Kraeger was attending TVUUC on that day because her “grandchild” was in the play. Linda was killed along with a member of TVUUC. We are a smaller congregation, 120 members, the shooting had a big impact on our church. I am glad that Rev. Sinkford recognized WUUC and our exceptional minister Mitra Jafarzadeh.

  2. kim

    It also struck me as a beautiful gesture.


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