Amazines Free Article Archive - Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Read about the most recent changes and happenings at
Log into your account or register as a new author. Start submitting your articles right now!
Search our database for articles.
Subscribe to receive articles emailed straight to your email account. You may choose multiple categories.
View our newest articles submitted by our authors.
View our most top rated articles rated by our visitors.
* Please note that this is NOT the ARTICLE manager
Add a new EZINE, or manage your EZINE submission.
Add fresh, free web content to your site such as newest articles, web tools, and quotes with a single piece of code!
Home What's New? Submit/Manage Articles Latest Posts Top Rated Article Search
Subscriptions Manage Ezines
 Article Archive
 Advertising (133313)
 Advice (160846)
 Affiliate Programs (34734)
 Art and Culture (73685)
 Automotive (145676)
 Blogs (75042)
 Boating (9840)
 Books (17122)
 Buddhism (4124)
 Business (1328456)
 Business News (426309)
 Business Opportunities (366260)
 Camping (10960)
 Career (72723)
 Christianity (15840)
 Collecting (11637)
 Communication (115054)
 Computers (241950)
 Construction (38995)
 Consumer (49679)
 Cooking (17061)
 Copywriting (6567)
 Crafts (18204)
 Cuisine (7538)
 Current Affairs (20384)
 Dating (45774)
 EBooks (19685)
 E-Commerce (48198)
 Education (185227)
 Electronics (83492)
 Email (6392)
 Entertainment (159829)
 Environment (28935)
 Ezine (3039)
 Ezine Publishing (5446)
 Ezine Sites (1550)
 Family & Parenting (110900)
 Fashion & Cosmetics (196387)
 Female Entrepreneurs (11842)
 Feng Shui (130)
 Finance & Investment (310266)
 Fitness (106051)
 Food & Beverages (62863)
 Free Web Resources (7938)
 Gambling (30224)
 Gardening (25103)
 Government (10512)
 Health (629455)
 Hinduism (2205)
 Hobbies (44033)
 Home Business (91553)
 Home Improvement (251337)
 Home Repair (46124)
 Humor (4819)
 Import - Export (5453)
 Insurance (45130)
 Interior Design (29545)
 International Property (3484)
 Internet (190980)
 Internet Marketing (146326)
 Investment (22824)
 Islam (1167)
 Judaism (1356)
 Law (80475)
 Link Popularity (4591)
 Manufacturing (20842)
 Marketing (98765)
 MLM (14136)
 Motivation (18213)
 Music (27001)
 New to the Internet (9479)
 Non-Profit Organizations (4048)
 Online Shopping (129614)
 Organizing (7803)
 Party Ideas (11855)
 Pets (38081)
 Poetry (2234)
 Press Release (12672)
 Public Speaking (5618)
 Publishing (7523)
 Quotes (2407)
 Real Estate (126613)
 Recreation & Leisure (95264)
 Relationships (87454)
 Research (16158)
 Sales (80317)
 Science & Technology (110203)
 Search Engines (23451)
 Self Improvement (153096)
 Seniors (6231)
 Sexuality (35942)
 Small Business (49283)
 Software (82994)
 Spiritual (23464)
 Sports (116077)
 Tax (7658)
 Telecommuting (34066)
 Travel & Tourism (307309)
 UK Property Investment (3118)
 Video Games (13427)
 Web Traffic (11726)
 Website Design (56812)
 Website Promotion (36563)
 World News (1000+)
 Writing (35764)
Author Spotlight

This article has been written by a verified author, Shweta Singh. She has been in the business of wr...more

I am in Nepalest tourism industery working since 2000 as a trekking porter to the senior tour leader...more

Im just a man who likes to be happy and see others happy. Im into home business, sports, family, and...more

Shovon Joarder has been working as Freelance Marketing Project Manager for over four years. He also ...more

I'm a Chief Operated Officer from KIMKOO Mattress machinery.The pen is mightier than the I ...more

What Can We Learn From Emmanuel AME in Charleston? by Karen Tallkat Conley

What Can We Learn From Emmanuel AME in Charleston? by
Article Posted: 07/25/2015
Article Views: 777
Articles Written: 18
Word Count: 1111
Article Votes: 0
AddThis Social Bookmark Button

What Can We Learn From Emmanuel AME in Charleston?

Relationships,Self Improvement,Spiritual
“We still believe in prayer, and prayer changes things. It changes US.” -Reverend Norvel Goff On June 17th, a white man opened fire in the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. (“Emanuel AME”) killing nine people including a pastor/state senator during an ordinary Wednesday Bible study.

Something about this got me to thinking. In fact, I can't stop thinking about it, but not for obvious reasons.

Violent events occur so frequently now that most of us wish we could tune it out.

But if we pause and look this event right in the eye, there is a valuable lesson within it.

A lesson that might be, or could be, overlooked by some.

It was front and center by my view.

Just when one thinks enlightenment is not possible, the human race may be a failed experiment, that change is never gonna come … Oh No, It isn't ...

We are offered the opportunity to learn from the example of Emanuel AME church members, whose Grace is Amazing.

A man killed nine beautiful loving beings (who openly welcomed him) because:

“Somebody has to be brave enough to start a race war. I guess it will have to be me.”

He was not brave. There was no race war.

What happened was something he could never have anticipated. He was forgiven.

In some cases, immediate forgiveness, from family members of those he murdered.

Who does that?! And why? That cannot be real. Or can it?

Forgiveness is about the one who chooses to forgive, not the offender getting away with anything.

Forgiveness frees up and liberates the forgiver. Yet how often do we see people willing and able to step up after such deep loss?

We all have known people who held onto a grudge or grief, wearing it like a badge of honor over far less harmful or offensive acts than this one.

Yet that is only a part of the lesson.

Emanuel AME never missed a beat. The service on the first Sunday after the shootings was not canceled. It overflowed to the street and down the block.

It was a community gathered for the purpose of praise and gratitude. Expressed in song, dance and fellowship.

No fighting, no guns, no looting or burning of buildings.

No waiting, no whining, instead getting right on it, straight away, with the process of healing. Strength, resilience, seeking justice but also restraint.

The subject for the first Bible study after the shooting was “The Power Of Love”.

“God in his infinite wisdom said 'It's alright. I got the nine.'” Rev. Goff

There were still bullet holes in the walls.

In the Sunday sermon, Rev. Goff said “Some people expected us to do something strange, to break out in a riot or something. Well...they just don't know us.”

“Now don't get it all twisted. Its been tough. Its been rough. Some of us are downright angry. Some need a little time. But we know that God can sustain us. We will hold our elected officials and others accountable to do the right thing. Not only for us but for those still living on the margins of life.”

He went on to thank law enforcement (“Respect gets respect.”) the mayor, the people who supported the families who lost a loved one, all the flower arrangements...always using words such as “We are so deeply grateful, and we so appreciate.”

As I understand it, the Emanuel AME people consider funerals a home going celebration, instead of an ending.

That is why the church bells pealed instead of the usual ringing. Ringing is a customary call to worship. Pealing bells are reserved for coronations, weddings, or a celebration.

The call and response “Can I get a witness?” is an action that builds unity. It is used in children's rhymes, military cadence, eastern chanting, jazz, even hip hop.

That is what all those “Amen” “Come on” Hallelujah” and “Yes Sir” are about.

Now here comes the other lesson. The Big One.

The One most of us don't get, yet. The part that is beyond any doctrine or belief system. The giving of praise and expression of gratitude. This confuses some people.

Better to hit back or break legs.

Expressions of gratitude after irreplaceable loss are not superficial. Not at all. It has nothing to do with looking the other way or denial of grief and pain.

What may not be grasped is the profound transforming quality, which as I know from experience, is the direct route to being greater than your circumstance.

It is medicinal in application, divine in origin, miraculous, and deeply healing.

It is also a source of power. A form of push back, a resistance against the negative.

Sensei Morihei Ueshiba described the Akido martial art as the art of unifying with life energy, and a way of harmonizing spirits, “A true warrior is invincible because he or she contests nothing.”

Gratitude also redirects, subdues, and disarms unwanted energies, turning it back to its source.

Many do not know about, agree with or understand forgiveness and gratitude when you've been hurt, damaged or wronged.

Yet it is so very important in today's world.

Instead of striking out toward unjust events, we create and allow a vibrational space for change to occur, from within us. This is the important lesson.

The Big One.

This takes practice. Understanding, then practice.

You sort of have to apply this power in your own life in order to integrate it, though on rare occasions, it is revealed to us by those who carry it out in public.

So much is accomplished, so much opportunity for growth is offered to us by this highly evolved demonstration of faith by Emanuel AME.

Rising far above the New Age go-nowhere-teachings from speakers who have only philosophy to offer, falling way short on experience.

We have observed forgiveness in action.

We see the spiritual art of push back through praise and gratitude, as a trans-formative and healing force.

To think enlightenment is not possible is wrong

Charleston's Emanuel AME has shown us it is possible. The future might be full of possibilities.

To speak about forgiveness and gratitude is one thing. Then there is living it.

Will we apply this healing ability to ourselves, will share it with others,would we apply it to the world? Could we?

What if we followed the Emanuel AME example?

What if.

“ I will keep my remarks short today, acknowledging the summer heat, that is unless I see someone nodding off. In which case I will begin reading from Genesis – very, very slowly.” -Reverend Goff's opening remarks on the Sunday after the shooting.

Related Articles - Emmanuel AME, Charleston, Rev. Norvel Goff, Prayer, Power of Love, Tallkat, Grief, Akido, Murder of the Nine,

Email this Article to a Friend!

Receive Articles like this one direct to your email box!
Subscribe for free today!

 Rate This Article  
Completely useless, should be removed from directory.
Minimal useful information.
Decent and informative.
Great article, very informative and helpful.
A 'Must Read'.


Do you Agree or Disagree? Have a Comment? POST IT!

 Reader Opinions 
Submit your comments and they will be posted here.
Make this comment or to the Author only:
*Your email will NOT be posted. This is for administrative purposes only.
Comments: *Your Comments WILL be posted to the AUTHOR ONLY if you select PRIVATE and to this PUBLIC PAGE if you select PUBLIC, so write accordingly.
Please enter the code in the image:

 Author Login 
Register for Author Account


Advertiser Login


   Limited Time $60 Offer!
   90  Days-1.5 Million Views  


Great Paranormal Romance


Stevert Mckenzie, Travel Enthusiast. ...more

Steve Bye is currently a fiction writer, who published his first novel, ‘Looking Forward Through The...more

Author of four books and two screenplays; frequent magazine contributor. I have four other books "in...more

At LeadGenerators, we specialise in content-led Online Marketing Strategies for our clients in the t...more

Susan Friesen, founder of the award-winning web development and digital marketing firm eVision Media...more

I am not a writer nor am I trying to become a writer. I am an average person with average intelligen...more

Joanna Morgan has a huge passion for making money online from home and enjoys traveling around the w...more

James Oleander is a professional writer on business and financial topics. He has published many arti...more

Jason Ng has a huge passion for the health and fitness industry as he strongly believes that having ...more

An experienced, resourceful and highly motivated IT professional, with a proven record of success in...more

HomeLinksAbout UsContact UsTerms of UsePrivacy PolicyFAQResources
Copyright © 2019, All rights reserved.
Some pages may contain portions of text relating to certain topics obtained from under the GNU FDL license