But I like to say that this is not necessarily unique to us. It’s really what America is all about. Could we not argue that America is about freedom — whether we live it out or not? But it really is about freedom, equality and the pursuit of happiness. And that’s what the church is all about. Freedom to worship and freedom from sin, freedom to be fully what God intends us to be and have equality in the sight of God. And sometimes you got to make noise to do that. Sometimes you may have to die like Denmark Vesey to do that. Sometimes you have to march, struggle and be unpopular to do that.
Our calling is not just within the walls of the congregation, but we are part of the life and community in which our congregation resides.
—Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Pastor (July 30, 1973 – June 17, 2015)
Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Charleston, South Carolina
[Source: CBS Atlanta]