Church Announces "Vigil of Prayer and Solidarity Against White Supremacy" Will be Held Saturday Night

Published : Saturday, August 12, 2017 | 2:33 PM

A Pasadena church has announced it will hold a “vigil of prayer and solidarity against white supremacy” on Saturday night in reaction to “the evil we’ve seen in Charlottesville today.”

All Saints Church Senior Associate Reverend Susan Russell said that church members intend to gather “in solidarity and sorrow to pray for an end to the toxin of white supremacy in our nation and for the wisdom, the resolve and the persistence to be agents of change for love, justice and compassion.”

The announcement comes in reaction to the violence which erupted in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday afternoon after hundreds of white nationalists gathered for a rally and clashed with counter-protesters, resulting in one death when a car apparently drove into a crowd.

“What happened in Charlottesville was nothing new, but it is a reminder of the depth of racial hatred in our midst and the power of white supremacy,” said All Saints Rector Mike Kinman. “And yet there is a still greater power — the power of love. And today’s tragic events clarify the demand love puts on us to stand up, name, confront, resist and defeat evil with love and in love’s name.”

Russell said the vigil will begin at 7:00 p.m. at All Saints Church, which is located at 132 North Euclid Avenue in Pasadena.

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