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First Presbyterian Church Holds Interfaith Events to Spread Healing

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

People of all religions gathered in First Presbyterian Church Saturday with Congregate Charlottesville for the Service of Remembrance and Repair and an afternoon of faith and healing.

Hundreds of people came to the service to remember the violent events that took place in Charlottesville exactly one year ago. The religious gathering aimed to bring people of different faiths together to talk about social justice and needed changes.  

The service was led by six women of color who read poetry and organized group singing.
     
Following the introductory service, attendees split into different groups to take part in workshops that focused on topics such as nonviolence and the Charlottesville Community Resilience Fund

Organizers say they hope the service was an opportunity for community healing. 

"We really wanted to create a space, particularly those people who have sacrificed so much for the sake of justice this past year. We want to honor those who have been harmed, we want to celebrate the ways we have resisted white supremacy," said Rev. Brittany Caine-Conley.

Congregate Charlottesville says they held the workshop in hopes of preparing people of faith to continue to stand up for matters of justice.

Several faith related events will be held Sunday including a service lead by Rev. Al Sharpton at Mount Zion First Baptist Church at 9:30 a.m. and a prayer walk with the Charlottesville Prayer Coalition starting at 2 p.m. at the UVA Rotunda.