Monday, July 28, 2008

Heroism in the face of insensible violence: The shooting at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church

They say that 60 year old Greg McKendry stood in front of the gunman and took the blasts to protect the rest of the congregation. After killing two adults and wounding seven others, the gunman was overpowered by congregants. I hear there were 200 people in attendance and a lot more ammunition. It could have been much worse if not for the bravery of these people.

Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church

CNN Reports

What else do we know about the TVUUC? They have a beautiful pipe organ:

Kids, music and movement are integral parts of TVUUC:

From UUA President, Revenend Sinkford:
A tragedy such as this makes us acutely conscious of the beauty and fragility of our lives and those of our loved ones. I am especially saddened by this intrusion of violence into a worship service involving children and youth. I know that many people, both in Knoxville and around the country, are struggling with shock and grief right now. I pray that those so affected will find strength and comfort.

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