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Article | August 14, 2017

Standing with Charlottesville


Yesterday, our Executive Pastor, the Rev. Dr. Ellen Clark-King, led a group down to the evening vigil at City Hall in reaction to the violence and injustice in Charlottesville. In her sermon at the 6 pm service, Ellen spoke about how we should follow Jesus into the storms of life. She intentionally preached a very short sermon, because she wanted to show that her words were part one of the homily, and the act of walking to City Hall to participate in the vigil was part two.

At the 11 am Eucharist, the Rev. Canon Mark Stanger preached about the accountability that comes with privilege, calling on us to, “Step out to witness to what is right and good, even against the mob storming toward us.” “We can do it if we join with one another and with Jesus in the positive acts of welcoming and forgiving, of feeding and clothing and healing and restoring.”

We continue to pray for everyone affected by the violence in Charlottesville and for peace and justice in our world.

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