The shooting of nine at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina has affected the entire African Methodist Episcopal church. Here in Southern California, Rev. Mark Whitlock heard news of the shooting while leading a Bible study at his church, Christ Our Redeemer in Irvine.
In addition to mourning the loss of his AME colleagues and calming the fears of his congregants, Mark made himself available to spread a message of resilience, justice and love in media interviews.
He was interviewed on KPCC’s Take Two on Thursday. Click here to listen to the interview.
"We must love beyond ourselves. We will not allow hate to stop us from loving one another." – @IAmPastorMarkW @KPCC @taketwo
— USC CRCC (@usccrcc) June 18, 2015
The OC Register wrote about the prayer vigil at Christ Our Redeemer on Thursday night after the shooting. A week later, David Whiting, a columnist for the OC Register, wrote about the response from Mark, Christ Our Redeemer and the larger OC community.
Madeline Brand interviewed him on her show on KCRW on Friday. Click here to listen to the interview.
CBS interviewed him both for the local and national news. Click here to read the L.A. story.
Mark spoke with on KCRW’s “Which Way, L.A.” on Tuesday, June 23 at 7 p.m.
Hugh Hewitt name-dropped both Cecil Murray and Mark while on Face the Nation, and Mark joined him on his radio show on Wednesday, June 24.
The Los Angeles Sentinel also included Mark in a round-up of faith leaders’ reactions.
You can also read Mark’s message on our website.
If you are in the media and are interested in speaking with Mark, please call Megan Sweas at 847-331-2173 (cell).
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