Union Church Joins Vigil for Charlottesville Victims

On August 13, over 150 Bereans joined in the sorrow and outrage over the white supremacist hate crimes in Charlottesville, VA on August 12. Representatives from many churches, many faiths, many organizations, as well as concerned citizens spoke about the need to oppose the language and actions of hatred toward each other, and to be in solidarity with all striving for safe, just, and peaceful communities. Berea Mayor Steve Connelly spoke of the false patriotism that white supremacy represents. Berea College President Lyle Roelofs condemned the failure of leadership at the national level that has given tacit permission and only faint condemnation of groups like “Unite the Right” that so vehemently opposes integrated, fair, and equal treatment in our neighborhoods. We add our prayers to all of those neighbors and friends who must live in fear because their skin is dark or their accent is heavy. We pray for the families of all those killed and injured this weekend and also for those who have suffered in every other manifestation of this systemic injustice. Every murder of a black motorist, every lie told about the enmity of the races, every time a child goes to bed hungry is a failure of our society, and we pray for God’s help to do better. 

 

Categories Mission and Service Board, News, Newsletter item | Tags: | Posted on August 14, 2017

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