Several historic Charleston churches and others throughout the area and nation will stand together Sunday in remembrance of the victims of the Emanuel AME Church shootings Wednesday.
The churches will ring their bells simultaneously at 10 a.m. Residents and visitors can participate as well by standing outside churches and ringing personal hand bells as a show of solidarity.
Details of the event were released Thursday by the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“Charleston is often referred to as the ‘Holy City,’ a place where church steeples — not skyscrapers — dot the skyline. This Sunday, our bells will ring loudly and proudly to proclaim our community’s unity,” the CVB statement said.
“More than three centuries ago, Charleston was founded on the principle of religious tolerance,” according to the statement. “As a result, we live, work and raise our families in a historically strong and welcoming community. We now call upon our collective strength to renew Charleston’s unity and compassion in the wake of the nine shooting deaths at Mother Emanuel AME Church.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in this tragedy. We are grateful for the quick and vigorous response from law enforcement. As we help lift one another other up in the wake of this heartbreaking event, our arms are open to all,” the statement said.
Participating churches include:
Bethel United Methodist Church, 57 Pitt St.
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, 120 Broad St.
The Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming St.
First Baptist Church, 48 Meeting St.*
First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting St.
French Protestant (Huguenot) Church, 136 Church St.
Grace Episcopal Church, 98 Wentworth St.
Holy Trinity Green Orthodox Church, 30 Race St.
Mt. Zion AME Church, 5 Glebe St.
The Old Bethel Methodist Church, 222 Calhoun St.
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 5 Clifford St.
St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 89 Hasell St.
St. Matthews Lutheran Church, 405 King St.
St. Michael’s Church, 14 St. Michael’s Alley
St. Philips Church, 142 Church St.
The Second Presbyterian Church, 342 Meeting St.
The Summerall Chapel, 171 Moultrie Court
Other participating churches as of Friday include:
Ashley River Baptist Church, 1101 Savannah Highway, West Ashley
Blessed Sacrament Church, West Ashley
Hibben United Methodist Church, 690 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant
Providence Baptist Church, Daniel Island (handbells)
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 206 Central Ave., Summerville
St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Goose Creek
Stella Maris, Sullivan’s Island
St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Greenville
Christ Church Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
St. John’s Episcopal Church in Youngstown, N.Y.
* Youth and hand bell choir in lieu of steeple bells