The following is a press release that has not been edited by Holy City Sinner.
More than three centuries ago, Charleston, S.C., was founded on the principle of religious tolerance. As a result, we live, work, and raise our families in a historically strong and welcoming community. We now call upon our collective strength to renew Charleston’s unity and compassion in the wake of the nine shooting deaths at Mother Emanuel AME Church. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in this tragedy. We are grateful for the quick and vigorous response from law enforcement. As we help lift one another other up in the wake of this heartbreaking event, our arms are open to all.
Charleston is often referred to as the “Holy City,” a place where church steeples—not skyscrapers—dot the skyline. This Sunday, our bells will ring loudly and proudly to proclaim our community’s unity.
Charleston’s historic houses of worship will ring their bells simultaneously starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 21. Residents and visitors are encouraged to participate in the #CharlestonUnited show of solidarity by standing respectfully outside participating churches and ringing personal hand bells if so desired.
We invite churches across the United States and around the world to chime in solidarity with Charleston! It matters not your denomination, only that you have faith in compassion and unity for all people. Ring your bells on Sunday, June 21! Don't have a church steeple to rally around? It doesn't matter! Get a hand bell. Download a chime bell app for your smart phone. Make a joyful noise!
SPREAD THE WORD
Help spread the word by re-posting our video of Charleston’s historic church bells via your social media.
- Repost on Instagram: https://goo.gl/rTzUs0
- Repost on Facebook: https://goo.gl/jzeJ5i
- The videos may be downloaded directly via this link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bj580hgufqc1fhu/AADZYpwnznw8SG3J43TqChrRa?dl=0
As of today, participating churches include:
Bethel United Methodist Church, 57 Pitt Street
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, 120 Broad Street
The Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming Street
First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting Street
The French Protestant (Huguenot) Church, 136 Church Street
Grace Episcopal Church, 98 Wentworth Street
Mt. Zion AME Church, 5 Glebe Street
The Old Bethel Methodist Church, 222 Calhoun Street
St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 89 Hasell Street
St. Matthews Lutheran Church, 405 King Street
St. Michael's Church, 14 Street Michael’s Alley
St. Philips Church, 142 Church Street
The Second Presbyterian Church, 342 Meeting Street
The Summerall Chapel, 171 Moultrie Court
First Baptist Church, 61 Church Street (youth and adult hand bell choir in lieu of steeple bells)
Other participating churches include:
Hibben United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
St. John's Episcopal Church in Youngstown, NY