When a woman was killed, the church had no choice but to be ‘the church for her’
First Presbyterian Church in Memphis was on the verge of closing when a man accidentally shot himself in the head at the church.
The shooting, which occurred in a bathroom, left one person in critical condition.
First Presbyterian’s executive director, Robert Lattimore, said the shooting is the result of a culture that “treats people like objects,” but added, “there’s no denying that the people of First Presbyterian are the people who care the most.”
Lattimee said that while it’s too early to determine what prompted the shooting, it’s clear the church has been targeted because of the church’s conservative beliefs.
“It is important for us to be the church for our people,” Lattimesaid.
“We are a Christian church, but we do not have the right to discriminate against people.”
L.P.K. Church is a Baptist denomination with more than 4,000 congregations in the U.S. and Canada.
The church was founded in 1778, but it’s now one of the most popular congregations on the continent, and its pastor, Jerry Wright, has a record of bringing in more than $1 billion for the church since the late 1990s.
The Baptist denomination has been in the spotlight after a gunman opened fire in the church last week, killing two women and injuring six others.
Wright said he was praying for the victims and their families during the tragedy.
“I’m praying for you all,” Wright told ABC News on Sunday.
“All of us are in pain.
First Presbyterian has had a tough time financially since the shooting and had to sell the building and lease it to a church for $25 million. “
If we could only pray for them and have our friends pray for us, we would be able do much more than we can.”
First Presbyterian has had a tough time financially since the shooting and had to sell the building and lease it to a church for $25 million.
Wright also apologized for the shooting.
“This is not a church that should be treated differently because of our beliefs,” he said.
“Our people are our brothers and sisters, and our church is our home.
Our community is our family.
We are all in this together.”