In the News:
In the News:
Shocked and heartbroken are what I felt upon seeing the aftermath of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Presbyterian Church (MLK) having been set aflame by arson. Seeing the charred building on the outside was nothing like seeing the ashen floors, overturned pews covered in ashes, holes in the walls and ceiling, and torched Bibles, chairs, and more. The sight of the beloved sanctuary, where we had gathered pre-pandemic to gain spiritual strength and renewal to carry us through the week, pierced my soul, and I felt sick to my stomach. Yet, as the leader of this congregation, I was, in that moment, clear that I had to lead with an eye towards healing, reconciliation, and purpose, not just for members of the congregation but also for the community and the nation.
This arson came at a time when our nation is filled with hatred and division based on our differences racially, politically, socially, economically, etc. As a global leader, I am compelled and impelled to speak truth to power, advocate for equity for all, dismantle racism, and honor our shared humanity while simultaneously seeing the divine light that is present within each of us, even when we cannot see it. Therefore, as I go forth to lead this congregation and beyond, I stand by the message that I shared the day of the tragedy:
Wishing each of you peace, courage, and blessings as you stand firm in your leadership!
The Rev. Dr. Terrlyn L. Curry Avery