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People of Various Faiths Come Together in Prayer for Peace and Justice

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People came together in prayer on Thursday, August 9 People came together in prayer on Thursday, August 9
Another service will be held on Saturday, August 11 at 3 p.m. Another service will be held on Saturday, August 11 at 3 p.m.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

With the one-year anniversary of the deadly Unite the Right rally only days away, people of all faiths across Charlottesville are coming together in prayer.

Despite differences in religions, their message was the same: prayer for peace and justice.

On Thursday, August 9, the Charlottesville Clergy Collective hosted an interfaith service at The Haven, and two Charlottesville Catholic churches teamed up for a prayer service of their own.

Both services prayed for peace this weekend and called on attendees to work toward racial justice.

“This is all about peace and healing, so we’re about coming together to pray for peace, to pray for racial harmony, to pray for nonviolence,” Gregory Kandt, the pastor at the Church of the Incarnation, said.

The Catholic priests are praying the weekend of August 11 and 12 doesn’t erupt in violence like its precursor a year ago.

“Praying for people, coming together as a community of people of faith and truly lifting up our city and asking God to really come in and step in and change our hearts and really challenge us,” Mario Calabrese, parochial vicar at St. Thomas Aquinas, said.

Their mission to end hatred and racism will not end after this weekend.

“It’s not going to be a one-day thing or a two-day thing, it's a long-term process,” Calabrese said.

The Charlottesville Clergy Collective is a group made up of leaders of all different faiths.

“We do look to a higher power,” Michael Cheuk, of the Charlottesville Clergy Collective, said. “We may recognize that in different ways, we may have different names, but we tap into something deeply spiritual.”

Regardless of faith, their message and prayers are dedicated to the same cause.

“Us coming together, the repentance and acknowledging our own sin and complicity in the structures of racism in our community, but also to commit ourselves to move forward - making our way together,” Cheuk said.

Congregate Cville, another group of people of all faiths, is set to host a "Repair Service" on Saturday, August 11, at 3 p.m. to help people recover from whatever events do occur earlier in the day.

That service will take place at First Presbyterian Church.

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