Charleston clergy comfort one another after church shooting

Charleston clergy comfort one another after church shooting

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - The flags outside North Charleston City hall now fly at full staff.

It's a sense of normalcy, something many in the community are trying to achieve, just two weeks after the shooting massacre that claimed the lives of nine people inside Mother Emanuel in downtown Charleston.

"I'm hanging in there," said Rich Robinson, Deputy Senior Chaplain of Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy.

"I think we've all had a really hard few weeks, but there are so many beautiful blessings that have some out of it as well."

Friday, nearly a dozen clergy members filled a meeting room inside city hall.

The session, hosted by Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy, offered a private environment for clergy to discuss the added pressures of serving since the Emanuel tragedy.

"I think clergy have a hand in both places," Robinson said.

"They have a hand that's trying to care for the community, care for the parishioners, and then care for how we go forward."

"Then on the other hand, how do they care for themselves," he asked.

North Charleston minister Mack Gadsden was among those in attendance. Gadsden said it took several nights for reality to set in.

"Even though it didn't happen in our church, all churches will be affected," he said.

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