Illinois churches show their support for Charleston
By The Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois religious leaders are showing solidarity with a Charleston, South Carolina, church as it opens for the first time since its parishioners were killed.
In Chicago, an interfaith, interracial prayer service is planned for Sunday afternoon at New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church on the city's west side. The Rev. Marshall Hatch is pastor.
Hatch tells The Associated Press by phone Sunday morning: "We can't let hate win."
Hatch says he hopes the Chicago service at 2 p.m. will attract people of all races and faiths who want to show support for the black church. Hatch says sanctuaries "should remain sacred spaces" and he pledges to keep the doors to his church open.
In Charleston, South Carolina, churches across the city plan to ring their bells in unison.