Bishop’s Statement on Nashville Church Shooting

I ask for your prayers for the congregation of Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, and for all affected by the shooting that took place there on Sunday morning.

Gun violence that reaches into a place of worship is a direct challenge to the Gospel of peace and our own call to be peacemakers. In the Diocese of Tennessee we are called to be responsive to a world that is in need of healing and reconciliation. This tragic event underscores that need, and reminds us of the challenge of being faithful Christians in this time and place.

We will know more about this tragedy in the coming days. Please continue to remember this congregation and our community in your prayers.

- The Rt. Rev'd John Bauerschmidt, Bishop of Tennessee