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Valley Churches Come Together for Election Day Communion

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After the polls close Tuesday night, hundreds of churches will come together with a common message: there can be no political divisions in the kingdom of God.  The nationwide movement toward election night healing started in Augusta County.

During the 2008 presidential race, Springdale Mennonite Church near Stuarts Draft saw the potential harm of political divisiveness within its own congregation.  So it hosted an Election Day communion to say Democrats and Republicans are all "one body of believers".

Three months ago, a handful of Augusta-area churches launched a website that invited other groups to host a post-election communion service.  At last count, 877 churches, Christian schools and organizations from all 50 states had signed up.

The pastor of Staunton Mennonite Church says the event encourages people to literally break bread with those who share different views.

"When we can see them as individuals created in the image of God, and not just people on the other side of the political line, then we look at them differently, we treat them differently and we listen to them differently," said Kevin Gasser with Staunton Mennonite Church.  "So this simple act of remembrance is a way to remind us that we are one, we are the body of Christ."

Gasser says communion mirrors the biblical Last Supper, where Jesus gathered with a dozen men of vastly different backgrounds and viewpoints.

Groups taking part in the Election Day communion include 80 in Virginia, many of them in our viewing area.  Click here for details on the movement. 

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