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1 POSTSRev. Deanna M. Young is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, a wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and senior pastor at a church in Houston, Texas. She is a second career pastor with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Sam Houston State University and her Master’s of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at SMU. Married over 40 years, she enjoys leading retreats, preaching, teaching, writing, and painting—but most of all, spending time with her large family and friends.
For me, fifth Sundays has always felt like a natural Sunday to do something different than normal. But our church has always struggled to figure out what exactly that different-than-normal thing should be.
The Emanuel AME church shooting cut short the lives of nine people. Rev. Anthony Thompson lost his wife, Myra. He was also the first to publicly offer the shooter, Dylann Roof, forgiveness.