The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Opening the door to hope

Wichita, Kan., congregation struggles to move beyond the killing of physician George Tiller

"Prayers are really sustaining us.”

That’s how Lowell Michelson, a pastor of Reformation Lutheran in Wichita, Kan., described the reaction of many in the 700-member congregation to the deadly shooting of one of its longtime members, George Tiller, a doctor nationally known for performing late-term abortions and providing health care for women in need (July, "Doctor shot at ELCA church in Kansas").

Since the May 31 shooting in the church’s foyer that attracted worldwide attention, the congregation has been on a journey of healing that began that same day. The church’s two pastors shared their story of how that horrific event on a sunny Sunday morning has opened the door to hugs, renewal and hope.

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