It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by a variety of feelings in the wake of a violent tragedy, and in an unfortunate fact of modern life, we are reminded of the truth of Martin Luther King’s sentiment that “the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Under the guidance of the better angels of our nature, many people rally behind humane determination and courage to see them through the unimaginable. All too commonly, though, fear, impotence, and suspicion curdle into vengeful rage.
From 5:30 to 6:30 tonight, Avondale’s Beloved Community Church is holding a service to resist that urge and embrace our common humanity and enthusiasm for life. “We gather,” according to a release from the church, “to lament violent extremism of all kinds,” as well as to “strengthen the bonds of unity and peace among people of all religions, ethnicities and nationalities.” The interfaith service is open to all members of the Birmingham community.
Beloved Community Church is located at 131 41st St. S. For more information, call (205) 326-6821, ext. 108.