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January 26, 2021 at 7:00 pm

I’m hoping that you will consider joining a Zoom discussion of the book Grace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness by Jennifer Berry Hawes.


We will be meeting via Zoom on January 26, 2021 at 7 pm.  The Zoom meeting credentials are listed below.


The book tells the story of what happened on June 17, 2015, when twelve members of the historically black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina welcomed a young white man, Dylann Roof, to their evening Bible study. He arrived with a pistol, 88 bullets, and hopes of starting a race war. Roof’s slaughter of nine innocent people during their closing prayer horrified us all. 


Two days later, some relatives of the dead stood at Roof’s hearing and said, “I forgive you.” That grace offered a hopeful ending to an awful story; but for the survivors and victims’ families, the journey had just begun. 


Jennifer Berry Hawes book recounts what led to that night and what happened afterward to the families and friends who were forced to pick up the shattered pieces of their lives.


Forgiveness is something we all can learn something about.  I’m hoping that you’ll consider joining the discussion.


Copies of the title are available in Market Square’s church library or by mail from Hearts and Minds bookstore, a small, independent, family-owned bookstore in nearby Dallastown, PA.  Contact: 717.246.3333 or



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