The Burden of Shared Suffering

How do Christians in leadership positions provide care for others in the wake of violent news?


  • Introduction (00:00)
  • Interview (4:35)
  • Reflection (29:30)
  • Prayer (31:30)

In the wake of the recent seditious attack on the United States Capitol Building, Ministry to State director Rev. Charles Garriott joins us to discuss how to provide pastoral care in the aftermath of large-scale, newsworthy violence.

In this episode…
  • Rick Barry is Executive Director of Center for Christian Civics, where he helps ministry leaders and faith communities develop missional approaches to their local public squares. He has worked on campaigns for local, state and federal office, is a former writer and editor for Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and oversaw communications for the Grace DC church network. He and his wife live in Washington, DC.

  • Chuck Garriott pastored in Oklahoma City for over 20 years before being called to Washington, DC, where he launched and continues to develop Ministry to State, a ministry to people in government in our national, state, and international capitals. He is the author of several books, including Work Matters and Prayers for Trump.

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As you react to the recent news of a violent insurrection in Washington, DC, make a deliberate effort to bring the full range of your responses to God in prayer—including your sadness, grief, frustration and anger.


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