The Charlottesville Clergy Collective Call to Prayer
The Charlottesville Clergy Collective issued a Call to Prayer on the Downtown Mall on Sunday afternoon, November 27. News coverage of the event (Newsplex and NBC) caught many familiar St. Paul's faces. A Newsplex interview with the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas can be found here.
Below is the text of the statement issued by the Collective:
In the wake of the contentious presidential election, we have witnessed in our country and in our community acts of hate and violence directed at vulnerable and marginalized individuals and groups. As faith leaders in Charlottesville, we believe that God calls us to speak out for justice and proclaim a message of hope. The Charlottesville Clergy Collective, a multi-denominational, multi-racial group of clergy, has gathered together leaders of many faith traditions working and engaging in ministry in this city to offer prayers for all of those who are now fearful, anxious, or threatened, and to pray for the will and courage to persevere to end the hate-filled divide in our common life. Today, we organized a Call to Prayer, inviting people from our places of worship to walk together from the west end of the Downtown Mall to the Pavilion, and we have invited many voices to offer prayers there. We want this community to know that we stand united as people of faith, and that we are devoted to seeking justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with our God.