As we approach the anniversary of the events in Charlottesville caused by white supremacy and hatred, let us take a moment to reflect on where we stand today as people of faith. In such a time as this, more than ever, we are called to bring love to the fore, to meet hatred with peace, to stand firm against oppression and white supremacy.
As we anxiously await this weekend, wondering if hatred will win the day or if love can endure beyond vitriol, arrogance and fear, let us take time to pray and commit to working harder to end white supremacy in our midst. Let us work to first see it, in its subtle and powerful presence, to hear it in blatant and nuanced language, to feel it in our hearts as people are marginalized and deported in our midst – then let us work to stop it in the name of our God who seeks to save us from such aimlessness and sin.
Here is a letter and liturgy from the leaders in Charlottesville, calling upon all people of faith to claim our place in this movement toward love. Feel free to use some of it or all of it as we together pray for our nation and our world this Sunday, August 12th.
Blessings and peace,
Rev. Kelly A. Gallagher
Associate Conference Minister, Justice and Witness
Editor's note: Kelly Gallagher was in Charlottesville a year ago when violence broke out. Read her reflection from that time here.
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