For Such a Time As This: An Evening with Rev. Sharon Risher

On February 24, 2021, the Interfaith Round Table of Washtenaw County hosted a powerful discussion with the Rev. Sharon Risher. She is the daughter of Mrs. Ethel Lee Lance in Charleston, South Carolina who was killed at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, along with 8 other people, including Rev. Risher’s two cousins and a childhood friend.

Through story and conviction, we heard about the power of legacy, faith, and hope and how these have fueled Rev. Risher as an advocate for anti-racism and an end to gun violence. Rev. Risher is the author of For Such a Time as This: Hope and Forgiveness After The Charleston Massacre. It is a powerful expression of heart and boldness in the face of trauma and personal loss. In this event, we asked Rev. Risher about her story and the causes she holds dear. And we invited her to call us to action as well: How might we be called for such a time as this?

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