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Brooklyn Heights Clergy Association organizes interfaith gathering responding to Charlottesville violence

August 18, 2017 By Francesca Norsen Tate Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Members of First Unitarian Church are pictured at a July 11, 2016 prayer vigil brought more than a thousand Brooklynites and others around the metropolitan area to Grand Army Plaza for a rally hosted by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. First Unitarian Church will participate in an interfaith gathering on Tuesday. Eagle photo by Francesca N. Tate
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The Brooklyn Heights Clergy Association has organized an Interfaith Solidarity Gathering in the aftermath of the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. First Unitarian Church, on Pierrepont Street and Monroe Place, is hosting the 6:30 p.m. program on Tuesday, Aug. 22.

The Interfaith Solidarity gathering will commemorate the victims of the violence that occurred when a group of white nationalists gathered to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

The Rev. Ana Levy-Lyons, senior minister of First Unitarian Church, wrote in announcing the gathering, “Join us as we gather with members of the Brooklyn interfaith community in solidarity with the people of Charlottesville and those across the country who are targets of racial and ethnic violence today. In grief, anger, song and prayer, we will share the visions of our faith traditions. We will declare with clarity the spiritual teachings that are cynically obfuscated by our political leaders: That every human has inherent worth and dignity, that the oppressed will prevail and that every community is sacred and belongs in this land. All are welcome.”


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