Local church taking stand against racism

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Hillsville Christian Church plans vigil in wake of violence in Charlottesville

Staff Report

HILLSVILLE — After a violent confrontation between white supremacists and protestors resulted in one death and numerous injuries last weekend, a local church is planning a “Vigil for Peace and Justice” on Thursday night.

“As believers in Jesus Christ, we are grieved by the recent violence in Charlottesville and deeply concerned about the apparent emboldening of hate and white supremacy throughout our nation,” said Amanda Hatfield Moore, pastor of Hillsville Christian Church. “However, we are also filled with God’s purpose and convinced that now is the time when we must boldly proclaim the truth of the Gospel.”

Neo-Nazi, KKK and alt-right groups marched carrying torches on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville Aug. 11. At a rally the next day, the white supremacist groups clashed with protestors and a member of one of the Nazi-affiliated groups drove a car through a crowd of people, injuring several and killing one woman.

Moore said the elders of the church are hosting a vigil Thursday at 7 p.m., and the community is invited to join in a prayer for peace and justice.

“At this time of strife, silence is not faithfulness,” Moore said. “Coming together, we will affirm that racial hatred and white supremacy are totally incompatible with the Christian message and that we the people of Carroll County deeply desire to live in peace, free from fear and division.”

Hillsville Christian Church is at 120 Edgewood Drive.