Music, Meditation Helping People Heal During Charlottesville's Unity Days
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - People in Charlottesville are using music and meditation to come together and heal after the traumatic events of August 2017.
Dozens of trombonists from across the commonwealth came together at Market Street Park in downtown Charlottesville Saturday, August 10. This event was part of the city's Unity Days celebration, an initiative designed to help educate and inspire the whole community towards racial justice.
“These musicians have brought their gifts and their time and traveled distances to be here,” said First United Methodist Church Pastor Gary Heaton.
The event wrapped up with a sing-along with the entire audience.
Another group chose a different way to reflect on this two-year anniversary: The Quakers and other community members took part in a silent worship service Saturday morning.
People spent an hour in meditation, remembering those who were lost and others who were hurt during the events of August 12, 2017.
"I think we need to show up for each other in this community, and we need to have each other’s backs,” said Elizabeth Shillue. “We need to honor and recognize what happened here two years ago, and we can't forget it, and we need to remember that we came out as a community."
In addition to silent worship, people also took part in some vocal ministry who felt the need to speak some of their emotions to the crowd.