On Charlottesville One Year Later

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As we prepare to remember the events that shocked us and shattered the peace in Charlottesville, Virginia, one year ago this Sunday, we invite you to join us in prayer and in renewed commitment to stand up to violence, hatred and prejudice in whatever form they take.

On that Sunday, Bishops Johnston and Gulick joined over 30 other clergy and lay leaders of the Diocese in witness against white supremacy. Along with hundreds of other people of faith, they took their part in countering hatred with the power of God's love. All of your bishops continued that Gospel work in a variety of ways in the past year. Now we, your bishops, invite you to continue to stand with us, not just by being present when it is time to make peaceful counter-protests, but by engaging in public discourse, exercising your right to vote, and reaching out to elected officials with the message that God loves everyone - no exceptions.

This coming weekend, there will be many events remembering August 12, 2017. Please hold in prayer those who will attend, as well as those who are still recovering from the trauma of that day. We invite you to pray the prayer below in worship on Sunday, or at any time over this weekend.

God of peace, we remember before you the events that shattered our Commonwealth one year ago Sunday, when voices of hatred and division descended upon the town of Charlottesville. We pray for Heather, who was killed, and for the dozens who were injured. We pray for those who lost all sense of safety in their own communities. We give thanks for the men and women from a wide range of faith traditions who witnessed to your love and your truth with their prayers, their songs of hope and their very bodies as they stood against violence. Bless our continued resolve to say NO to hatred, violence and prejudice in whatever forms they take, and give us the courage always to be faithful witnesses to your love, your truth and your peace. We ask all this in the Name of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Faithfully yours,

 

 

The Rt. Rev. Shannon Johnston
Bishop of Virginia

The Rt. Rev. Susan Goff
Bishop Suffragan of Virginia 

The Rt. Rev. Robert Ihloff
Bishop Associate of Virginia