Charleston Southern University held a prayer service June 16 to remember those affected by the shooting in Charleston last year and the recent shooting in Orlando.
June 17 marks the one-year anniversary of the Charleston shooting that resulted in nine deaths, including Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, mother of CSU student-athlete Chris Singleton.
Dr. Michael Bryant, executive vice president, said the prayer service was to show love and support to Singleton and others affected by the Charleston and Orlando shootings. “We should seek the Lord’s face, strength and wisdom for those suffering,” said Bryant, “and ask what God would have us do as God’s people.”
Bryant said the violence is contrary to God’s will. “It is important for us as God’s people and right that we should come together in prayer,” said Bryant.
Katrina Houston, assistant campus minister, read Psalm 46 and reminded those in attendance that we have one hope, and that is God.
Marcus Bryant, diversity officer and director of operations for the Whitfield Center, said, “Though we grieve, we grieve knowing we have a hope. Matt Pressley, a 2009 CSU graduate and a local worship pastor, provided music for the prayer service. Singleton, a rising junior at Charleston Southern, was honored with the Humanitarian Award over the weekend by the Charleston Riverdogs. The award was created to recognize outstanding individuals who dedicate their time to fighting indifference, intolerance and social injustice and whose approaches and accomplishments are consistent with the club’s goals and mission to better our community.
Charleston Southern will also participate in Friday’s An Ecumenical Service Remembering the Mother Emanuel Nine and Honoring the Survivors & Members of Mother Emanuel AME Church at 10 a.m. at T.D. Arena and After Charleston: The Sacred Space, an event designed for individuals to worship, pray and reflect at 7 p.m. at Emanuel AME Church.