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The many bold, compassionate steps that declared repentance for the centuries-long perpetuation of the most inhumane, derogatory, and unjust institution in the annals of America's history were both heartwarming and empowering.
Each service, though often poignant and heart-wrenching, reverberated with the timely and sincere message of reconciliation and hope. Especially rewarding to us was the recognition of the importance of exercising our faith in the One who taught equality and justice for all.
In our 50 years in this community, we have witnessed slow but steady changes: rabid social indignities evolving toward a more tolerable climate of acceptance, dignity, opportunity, and cooperation.
As concerned, involved citizens, and in our roles in ministry at Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site), we made efforts to contribute to these changes and are both proud and happy to be witnesses of the productive, peaceful transformation.
Throughout February, we were dazzled by
That was followed by a dynamic, spiritually rewarding service of "Remembrance, Celebration, and Witness," led by the Right Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori. The rainbow continued to shine as hundreds of us participated in the "Witness Walk," the event that culminated in the unveiling and dedication of "Jubilation," the sculpture by a former African-American resident of Fredericksburg, Ayokunle Odeleye.
Together, the month's events were an arch that seemed to ascend majestically unto
It is our prayer that the message, memories, and inspiration received from this wonderful celebration will continue to catalyze and create a greater, stronger, and more meaningful relationship among the diverse citizens of this region.
With spiritual and community awareness, let us together continue to proclaim our beliefs and seek to emancipate those who are still shackled by the chains of poverty, ignorance, prejudice, or social injustice.
Thank you, and God bless you,
The Rev. and Mrs.