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A Pastoral Letter to McFarlin Regarding Mass Shootings Across the Country

Dear McFarlin,

In the wake of the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, as well as the many that have come before and after, I feel compelled to share my heart. As a pastor and father, when I imagine a classroom of children and teachers lying lifeless and bloody on the floor with terrified survivors close by, I am overcome with feelings too deep for words, feelings of both compassion and outrage.

Below are some of my pastoral reflections, call to actions, and a pastoral prayer I shared on May 29th with scripture that you may find comforting in this moment.