CHIPMAN -- Lifetree Café, Scotch Presbyterian Church, will host a filmed interview with Terri Roberts, mother of Amish schoolhouse shooter Charles Roberts, Monday, April 29 at 7 p.m.
On October 2, 2006 Charles Roberts backed his truck up to the entrance of the West Nickel Mines School in Lancaster County, Penn.
He barricaded himself inside and shot 10 young Amish girls. Five died. Roberts killed himself before police could enter the one-room schoolhouse.
Roberts' mother, who was working nearby at the time of the shootings, was embraced by the Amish community.
Amish members stunned observers when they openly forgave the killer and his family. The Roberts family is not Amish.
Participants at this program, titled "Amazing Grace," will hear from Roberts, who still lives among the families of the girls her son murdered.
"The trauma, pain, and shame endured by this mother turned into an incredible picture of forgiveness and grace," said Lifetree's Thom Schultz, who conducted the exclusive interview with Roberts.
Snacks and beverages will be provided.
Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Craig Cable at 970-292-4697 or firstname.lastname@example.org.