The Hopewell community gathered at the HUMC last night to stand together against hate and injustice at a Community Peace Vigil sponsored by the Hopewell Council of Churches. It was an evening of prayer, song and a candlelight vigil and march through the borough.
Pastor Kate Hillis shared a message drawing upon Galations 3:28. “All of us, black and white, are called to see one another as image bearers of the Divine in this world,” she said. “I will not be silent on issues of injustice.” Here are excerpts from her message:
Attendees also heard messages from John Buck, a Deacon at Second Calvary Baptist Church and Cathy Peterson, Chairperson of the Hopewell Council of Churches. Cathy also shared a message from Rev. Dennis O’Neil of Calvary Baptist Church, who was unable to attend with family commitments. Hopewell Mayor Paul Anzano also spoke during a time of sharing, as did community members including Muslims and Jews.
Here are some photos from the event:
Local Press Coverage:
Hopewell Community Comes Together in Wake of Charlottesville Clashes – Hopewell Valley News – August 16, 2017
Small Town Stands with the World Over Charlottesville Violence (PHOTOS) – The Times (nj.com) – August 16, 2017