Rev. Sharon Risher Who Lost Her Mother in the Charleston AME Church Massacre Tells About Her Faith Journey Through the Tragedy in New Book

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Rev. Sharon Risher realized she’d missed several calls from her daughter and sensed something was horribly wrong.

Rev. Sharon Risher’s mother, Mrs. Ethel Lee Lance, along with two cousins, a childhood friend, and five others were murdered on June 17, 2015, by a teenage white supremacist in the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC.

Rev. Sharon Risher has, since the shooting, faced the worst days of her life, learning to trust God’s timing and leaning on God’s loving presence to guide every step. Where her faith journey leads her is surprising and inspiring, as she finds a renewed purpose to her life in the company of other survivors.

For anyone grappling with how to forgive the unforgivable, rebuild lives in the shadow of death, and hold on to sanity in the midst of hate, Rev. Risher’s story in For Such a Time as This will help you find your faith, and ultimately encourage and heal.

Rev. Sharon Washington Risher was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. She earned a Masters of Divinity at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and served as Staff Chaplain and Trauma Specialist at Parkland Hospital and as Associate Pastor for Congregational Care at Rice Chapel AME Church in Dallas, TX.

Since the Charleston massacre on June 17, 2015, in which she lost her mother, two cousins, and a childhood friend, Rev. Risher has been an advocate for revising gun laws, and is a spokesperson for the grassroots advocacy groups Everytown Survivor Network and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Rev. Sharon Risher has, since the shooting, faced the worst days of her life, learning to trust God’s timing and leaning on God’s loving presence to guide every step. Where her faith journey leads her is surprising and inspiring, as she finds a renewed purpose to her life in the company of other survivors.

For anyone grappling with how to forgive the unforgivable, rebuild lives in the shadow of death, and hold on to sanity in the midst of hate, Rev. Risher’s story in For Such a Time as This will help you find your faith, and ultimately encourage and heal.

Rev. Sharon Washington Risher was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. She earned a Masters of Divinity at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and served as Staff Chaplain and Trauma Specialist at Parkland Hospital and as Associate Pastor for Congregational Care at Rice Chapel AME Church in Dallas, TX.

Since the Charleston massacre on June 17, 2015, in which she lost her mother, two cousins, and a childhood friend, Rev. Risher has been an advocate for revising gun laws, and is a spokesperson for the grassroots advocacy groups Everytown Survivor Network and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

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SOURCE: Assist News, Michael Ireland