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Christians gather in Jeffersonville to remember South Carolina shooting victims

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) – It is 600 miles away from Louisville, but on Sunday, the pain from Charleston, South Carolina was felt right here in Kentuckiana.

It was a day of unity -- an open invitation to gather, pray, and reflect. Members of several churches gathered Sunday to remember the nine lives taken Wednesday night during a church bible study in Charleston, South Carolina.

"Because we are definitely going to do more things together because we are all children of God and we are all one with God," said Reverend Dr. Sheiler Stokes of Bethel AME Church.

That's why Rev. Stokes welcomed community support during her service on Father's Day. She hopes people stop looking at racism from a color-blind perspective.

"Racism is still alive and well, and we cannot sit on our laurels. As Christians we have got to begin to stand up for what we believe in and now just stand, but we must begin to do something," said Stokes.

Several Christians spent their Father's Day at Bethel AME -- a sister church to Emanuel AME where six women and three men were shot and killed.

"To express our comfort, our solidarity, our support and our love," said Pastor Dave Brown.

Brown leads First Christian Church Disciples of Christ.

"I think we all want to be something different even if we don't know how to do it yet we want to be something different and forming new relationships is a good thing," said Brown.

Carolyn Harvill is the minister at the Louisville Center for Spiritual Living.

"We're saying we trust God, we know that the spirit is good, we know that all the good will come from this and we love you," said Harvill.

She says everyone has been affected by the violence.

"When something happens that is so outside of what we know to be right,” said Harvill, “when a young man can take the life of a grandmother -- it shocks us to our core."

Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore also offered words after the service let out.

"It's days like this we stand together. Good always beats evil. Thank God for this day," said Moore.

Sunday was also the first time Emanuel AME in Charleston held services since Wednesday's deadly shootings.

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