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Pastor Walks Line Between Leading, Comforting Emanuel A.M.E.

Pastor Walks Line Between Leading, Comforting Emanuel A.M.E.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Rev. Norvel Goff will walk into Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church for Bible study keenly aware of the crushing burden now on his shoulders: to be a comforter, a teacher, a man of God and, most powerfully, a leader of a church whose heart is heavy with the tragic loss of its senior pastor and eight members. "Even in the midst of tragedy, we still must press forward, and move forward with the understanding that we can still make this world, this community, and our nation a better place to live by living out our faith, not sitting down on it," Goff, a former Hartford city council member, said in an interview. The 65-year-old Goff was named...

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