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  • Multiethnic worship caps Va. weekend demonstrations

    by David Roach, posted Monday, August 13, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (BP) -- Evangelical pastors in Charlottesville, Va., say a community interracial worship service appeared to be the largest local gathering during what media described as a weekend of peaceful but tense demonstrations in the city.

    One year after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville turned violent and left three people dead, an attempted repeat in Washington of the Unite the Right rally Aug. 12 drew fewer than 40 white nationalists and was dwarfed by counterprotestors, according to media reports. Read More

  • White nationalists to meet Gospel witness in Va., D.C.

    by David Roach, posted Friday, August 10, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (BP) -- On the one-year anniversary of white nationalist protests that left three people dead in Charlottesville, Va., area believers plan to counter any resurgence of racism with worship and repentance.

    In Washington -- where white nationalists are planning a first-anniversary repeat of their Aug. 12, 2017, Unite the Right rally -- police are on high alert, and Christians are requesting heightened prayer.

    Marshal Ausberry, president of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention, said D.C. and Virginia believers will engage in "a lot of reflection and a lot of praying this weekend" for safety and harmony at rallies and other public gatherings. Read More

  • SBC Va. decries racism in Charlottesville resolution

    by SBC of Virginia Staff, posted Monday, November 20, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. (BP) -- Nearly 1,500 people traveled to the 2017 SBC of Virginia Annual Homecoming with the theme "We Are Not Alone," Nov. 12-14 at The Heights Baptist Church in Colonial Heights.

    The three-day SBCV event, which drew 701 messengers and 738 guests, took aim at "every form of racism, including and specifically alt-right white supremacy, as antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ" in a resolution that voiced "love and compassion to those in Charlottesville" devastated by the loss of life at a white supremacist rally Aug. 12. Read More

  • Amid Charlottesville turmoil, Baptists active in outreach

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, August 16, 2017 (one year ago)

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (BP) -- As alternative-right white supremacists and others flooded Charlottesville, Va., to protest the removal of a Confederate statue, Southern Baptists were already actively promoting racial harmony in the small community where former mayor Alvin Edwards has pastored 36 years.

    Edwards, pastor of Mount Zion First African Baptist Church and a member of the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV), had already organized the multidenominational Charlottesville Clergy Collective to build unity among faith leaders in the city and Albermarle County region. Read More

  • Charlottesville violence: SBC leaders urge prayer

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, August 14, 2017 (one year ago)

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    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (BP) -- Southern Baptist pastors and leaders denounced racism and called for prayer in the wake of white nationalist protests that turned into violence and death in Charlottesville, Va.

    The "Unite the Right" rally -- linking various movements among white supremacists -- never took place Aug. 12 after fights broke out between white protesters and counter-protesters shortly before the event was to begin. City and county officials declared a state of emergency and proclaimed the rally an illegal assembly before clearing a park where the event was to occur, according to The Charlottesville ... Read More

  • When white supremacists come to town

    by Christine Hoover, posted Monday, August 14, 2017 (one year ago)

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    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (BP) -- I live in Charlottesville, Va. You may have heard of it.

    You may have seen my city on the news or on your Twitter feed after several white nationalist and white supremacist groups converged on our downtown park to protest the potential removal of a Robert E. Lee statue.

    You likely have seen the images of confederate flags and swastikas, protesters and counter-protesters, fist fights and arrests, and videos of carnage. I have watched ... Read More