By Jesse N. Love | Additional Photos by Karen Yokota Love
“Why do we have such a difficult time showing compassion to our neighbors?”
This is just one important question Pastor Karen Yokota Love asked Mason United Methodist Church on Sunday, August 13. Many clergy on this particular day were certainly re-crafting their messages to address the aftermath of clashes at the University of Virginia over that weekend leaving one dead and 19 injured.
United Methodists including Pastor Karen, Jesse N. Love, Jim Davis, Nancy Davis, Cathlynn Law, Leslie Ann Knight, Nathan Hollifield, Abigail Vizcarra Perez and others attended a candlelight vigil held at the Chinese Reconciliation Park. The attendees prayed for victims of these clashes and listened to voices in the community. There was sadness, there was anger. But overall, there was a glimmer of hope that “We shall overcome, someday.”
Peaceful means. Dialogue. Education. These are just a few important things we need to consider to live with one another in a kin-dom where we will always have differences.
If you need someone to help process and listen, please reach out to your local church community and even share some of your ideas if you are called to.
Jesse N. Love serves as graphic designer & print manager for the PNWUMC.