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Some Good News out of Charlottesville

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https://www.christianheadlines.com/columnists/guest-commentary/some-good-news-out-of-charlottesville.html

 

 

Bad news gets press. “If it bleeds, it leads.” Good news tends not to spread as well and as far. We all know about the horrible events of August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, where protests and counter-protests over the city’s plan to tear down a statue of Robert E. Lee ended in violence and a woman’s death. It was a low spot in the year. It was a low spot in recent American history.

 

But what most of us don’t know about was a recent event in Charlottesville, on the first weekend of December 2017. I didn’t even know about it until I was talking with Dr. Mark Beliles, who pastors a church in Charlottesville. I wrote a book with him once on the faith of Jefferson, Doubting Thomas (2014).

 

After the tragic riot there, Mark Beliles, as a white minister in Charlottesville, teamed up with a black minister, Dr. Alvin Edwards (a former Charlottesville mayor), to organize the December 1 and 2 event they called “Healing 4 Charlottesville.” By admission, their politics and backgrounds are quite different. Nonetheless, there is too much at stake for them to not join forces together.

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