This congregation was devastated to learn of the shooting in Annapolis June 28 and we are praying for the victims and their families. 
While our heart is with the Capital Gazette we can’t imagine what each of you may be experiencing with your colleagues’ suffering. The work each of you produces shines light on the communities where we live and work and provides greater clarity and understanding of those forces that impact our daily lives. 
Journalists shouldn’t have to fear attacks, both verbal and physical, while completing their work with integrity.
Threats to journalists are real and this certainty may bring weariness and exhaustion, disrupting your good work from time to time. Our hope is that you will hear from those you serve that your work is important, it is noble, and is our best defense of the liberties we cherish. 
That is our intention with this letter. Perhaps these thoughts will be an encouragement to you and fuel determination to face this dangerous climate with rigor and courage. 
Lives are enriched and communities are made stronger by what you do. Of this, we are certain.

Dr. W. Douglas Hood Jr.
Senior Pastor
First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach

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