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Churches and faith groups plan more prayer vigils and discussions about race, violence

Yvette Wilson, left, amd Ali Kavadlo were among those who attended a Monday conversation about race, violence and the Charleston tragedy. The event, spsonored by MeckMin, was held in Belk Chapel at Queens University of Charlotte. The interfaith group will have similar conversations at different locations every Monday through August.
Yvette Wilson, left, amd Ali Kavadlo were among those who attended a Monday conversation about race, violence and the Charleston tragedy. The event, spsonored by MeckMin, was held in Belk Chapel at Queens University of Charlotte. The interfaith group will have similar conversations at different locations every Monday through August. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

In the wake of last week’s shooting deaths in a historic black church in Charleston, more Charlotte area churches and faith groups have scheduled prayer vigils, worship services and discussions about race and violence.

Three that are coming up:

▪ At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in uptown Charlotte will host “A Holy Conversation on Race, Violence and Reconciliation.” The public is invited to an evening of worship, prayer and reflection led by clergy.

“This isn’t the problem of one church or one race,” said the Rev. Ollie Rencher, rector at St. Peter’s. “Reconciliation is an issue in which we all have a stake.”

The church, 115 W. Seventh St., is at the corner of South Tryon and West Seventh Street. Details: 704-749-6141.

▪ At 7 p.m. Friday, Mount Zion Restoration Church in Gastonia will host a “Community Unity Prayer Vigil” for the nine people who were killed at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

The church is at 2311 Cresent Lane. Details: 704-689-0636.

▪ At 7 p.m. Monday, MeckMin will sponsor the second in its series of events called “We Need to Talk ... Community Conversations for Healing & Change.”

This 90-minute event will be held at Jane M. Smith Memorial Church on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University, 100 Beatties Ford Road in Charlotte.

MeckMin is an interfaith group with about 100 member congregations. It plans to have a similar discussion about race and faith every Monday through August, alternating between an event near the Myers Park community and in west Charlotte.

Funk: 704-358-5703

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