Thoughts and Prayers for Knoxville Shooting Victims

Jim Burroway

July 29th, 2008

Flowers and notes

Memorial at Second PresbyterianThe community of Knoxville is pausing to remember and pray for the victims and their families from Sunday’s shooting at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church. Knoxville area residents of all faiths and creeds (like Tom McCosh, from the Lighthouse Christian Fellowship in Madisonville, TN, above) have been leaving flowers and notes at the church’s entrance. The sign at the entrance has become a makeshift memorial to Greg McKendry and Linda Kraeger, the two fatalities from Sunday’s shooting.

The Knox County Commission opened its Monday meeting with a moment of silence, followed by an invocation by Gary Weedman, president of Johnson Bible College, who prayed, “We lift up these brave people who acted so courageously and lovingly.” Commissioner Mark Harmon, a member of the church, talked about the heroes of that Sunday morning.

The community came together on Monday evening for a candlelight vigil in the sanctuary of the Second Presbyterian Church, which stands adjacent to TVUUC. Congregants who survived the Sunday shooting gathered earlier that evening to meet with crisis counsellors, while volunteers from Temple Beth El and Heska Amuna synagogues provided food.

First Baptist memorial serviceAnd today, more than 150 people attended an ecumenical service at First Baptist Church of Knoxville at noon today, where two candle were lit on the church in memory of Greg McKendry and Linda Kraeger. St. John’s Lutheran Church will hold a service of hope and healing this evening, while the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee offered its crisis response team to TVUUC church members to help deal with the shootings.

We join our thoughts and prayers with the community of Knoxville for those who were so deeply affected by this tragedy.

See also:
Knoxville Gays On Edge; Local MCC Church Wants To See Letter
Relief Fund Set Up for Knoxville Churches
Thoughts and Prayers for Knoxville Shooting Victims
Knoxville Shooting Witness’s First-Hand Account
Knoxville Shooter Hated “Blacks, Gays, Anyone Different”
AFA Approved Comments: Knoxville Church Doing “Satan’s Work”
Knoxville Shooter Hated “Liberals,” Gays
Just Concluded: Knoxville Press Conference
Knoxville Shooter’s Manifesto Found
Gunman Opens Fire On Gay-Friendly Church, Two Killed


July 30th, 2008

I’m glad to see Knoxville’s religious congregations helping each other during the aftermath of this tragedy. Despite one man’s hateful actions and the harsh comments found online, community is community.

Regan DuCasse

July 30th, 2008

The community of the decent, as opposed the community of the decent.
Since Peter LaB is castigating the HRC regarding this shooting and hate crimes laws…he’s forgetting how often some Christians are not exactly saying THEY haven’t benefitted from or shouldn’t be under the umbrella of hate crimes laws.

The deplorable sentencing in the Sean Kennedy murder, and the release of the murderer of Pvt. Barry Winchell should inform Peter LaB that sometimes it’s not the crime itself that determines that it’s a hate crime, but the lack of consideration of justice BECAUSE of the background of the victim.

It doesn’t seem to register that if Peter LaB and Matt Barber weren’t engaged in chronic fear mongering of homosexuals, the hate crimes wouldn’t happen in the first place.

PREVENTING hate crimes isn’t on their radar.

Suricou Raven

July 30th, 2008

A funeral involving people killed for the permissive views of their church on homosexuality?

Where is he? I would have expected him to at least try to make a show! You know who I’m talking about.


July 30th, 2008

Along with Denise, I am grateful to see the diverse communities of faith step in to participate, serve, share and be together in the grief and sorrow of this tragedy.

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