Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Pastor posts photos of shooting victims in sanctuary

From Michigan-

Death is draped on the walls of St. Thomas Episcopal Church.

From the front door of the sanctuary, around the back wall and up across the pulpit are photographs of dead people. Each week the Rev. Brian Coleman tapes photos of those who have died in mass shootings to the sanctuary walls. He said the church will continue to do so through the end of the year. To the pastor, it’s a form of accountability as the national debate on gun violence heightens.

“I’m sure there are people in the congregation who wish I hadn’t started this,” Coleman said. “Sometimes when I put new pictures up, I hear people in the congregation saying ‘Oh my, more dead people.’”

At first, not all of the church members agreed it was the right thing to do. But after more mass shootings and listening to Coleman preach about why he felt it was an important issue, more have started to agree with his methods, he said.

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