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There will be no “Collective Announcements” the next two Fridays since I will be on vacation. Thanks, Michael.

Charlottesville Coming to the Table - Film Viewing and Discussion with Jordy Yager

Saturday, July 13, 2:00 to 4:15 pm, at Milli Coffee Roasters and Jefferson School
Please view this document for information to attend the Maupintown Film Festival to view a short film by local journalist Jordy Yager who focuses on issues of equity and racial disparities in Charlottesville. To register for a free ticket: Click here to go the 2019 Maupintown Film Festival site.
PLEASE: RSVP to Kathy Spaar at if you’re planning to attend.

Support Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in providing sanctuary for Maria Chavalan Sut 

Maria Chavalan Sut, a Guatemalan refugee, has been given sanctuary in the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church while she fights to stay in the United States through the legal system. Recently she has been threatened with a $214K fine from ICE. If you're concerned about this threat and ICE raids, consider these ways to help: 
  • Donate via Paypal to Maria’s Sanctuary Fund through this Wesley Memorial UMC’s Giving Page. Please include "Sanctuary Fund" in the special instructions section.
  • Donate by check; Memo: Maria… to Wesley Memorial UMC, 1901 Thomson Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • Visit this google form to sign up for ways you can help.
  • Help tell her story – LIKE the Facebook page: Hands Off Maria!
  • Join the #SacredResistance by opening up your house of worship to resist ICE Raids and deportations, while providing a safe space for organizing and rapid response before, during or after enforcement actions. Fill out this form to join:

“Beginning with ME: Creating Just and Thriving Organizations” Workshop (A Unity Days event)

Tuesday, July 16, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the CitySpace Large Conference Room, 100 5th St NE, on the Downtown Mall
A 3-hour experiential workshop--facilitated by the Welcome Circle: (See flyer) Participants will have the opportunity to self-reflect and interact with one another around the way’s faith communities have been/are institutions of oppression and what their vision is for different kind of faith community. We will practice some structures and practical tools designed to unite and unleash the power of our differences of race, culture, religion, socio-economic class, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation in a spiritual, faith community context. Register here:

Moral Debt: The Legacy of Slavery in the USA: A film screening and discussion (A Unity Days event)

Wednesday, July 31, 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center, 233 4th Street
Join the Charlottesville chapter of Coming to the Table and the DOR History Action Team for a screening of the documentary, “A Moral Debt: The Legacy of Slavery in the USA” followed by a panel discussion about the film’s themes of racial inequality, tolerance, and healing. This event is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served. Part of Unity Days events.  More information here.

22nd Annual Westhaven Community Day - Participation and Contribution

Saturday, August 3, 10 am to 6 pm, 803 Hardy Dr, Charlottesville
Westhaven Community Day has become a pillar of strength in the Charlottesville community by bringing individuals, families and organizations together each year. Residents from all surrounding neighborhoods are invited to a day of family fun and activities, including Music, Food, Dancing, Community Information and Health Fair, Games, Awards, Sports Physicals and more! We also have 60 vendors and exhibitors, free sports physicals, free blood pressure screenings, and free HIV and Hep C testing. For more information and ways you can financially support this day, please read this letter by Sharon King, administrator for Public Housing Association of Residents (PHAR). Visit their Facebook page for more information.

Cville Resonates (A Unity Days event)

Saturday, August 10, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Market St. Park, 101 E Market St,
"Charlottesville Resonates" is a gathering in Market St. Park at 11:00 am, to bring musical resonance and community participation using musical harmony. Various brass ensembles from around the Commonwealth will play and encourage community members to engage in resonance exercises. A "Pot Luck" meal will follow in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church.

C’Ville Sing Out! (A Unity Days event)

Saturday, August 10, 4 to 6 pm, The Sprint Pavilion in the Downtown Mall
Everyone in our community is invited to participate in a wonderful group singing event - a positive celebration of our town to promote love and brotherhood among all races, cultures, and beliefs. More information and registration to sing in the choir can be found at

Requesting Faith Leaders to offer pastoral presence at Cville Sing Out!

Saturday, August 10, 4 to 6 pm, Sprint Pavilion, 700 E Main St, Charlottesville
The organizers of the Charlottesville Sing Out! is asking Charlottesville Clergy Collective faith leaders to serve as a pastoral, prayerful presence at the Sing Out event, 
Specifically, here’s what is requested:
  • Wear your religious garb (if appropriate) to indicate that you are a faith leader.
  • If possible, arrive at the Sprint Pavilion by 3:45 pm to pray for the Sing Out event.
  • At around 5:00 pm (at the conclusion of the Sing Out), move to the back of the Pavilion, near the exits and/or the grassy areas, in position to pray with attendees as they exit.
  • At each attendee’s request (and/or with permission), offer a word of blessing and encouragement, a silent prayer, a spoken prayer, a listening ear, a hug, etc.
  • NO proselytizing or preaching!
If you are able and willing to serve in this capacity, please fill out this form.
You will receive more information and instructions closer to the event.

CCC Interfaith Service (A Unity Days event)

Monday, August 12, 7 to 8:30 pm, First Baptist West Main St., 632 W Main St, Charlottesville
The focus of this service (organized by the Charlottesville Clergy Collective) will be to honor and remember those who recognize the past racial and economic inequities and who stand up to the racism and hate of white supremacy; to educate the community about the harmony among the various faith traditions practiced in the area; and to inspire acknowledgement of the truth of Charlottesville's painful past of exclusion with the hope for transparency, forgiveness, and repair.

SAVE THE DATE: Back-to-School Bash!

Saturday, August 17, 10:30 am to 12:00 noon, Sprint Pavilion
The Bash provides school supplies and backpacks for up to 1200 local youth. This initiative is funded with private donations large and small. It costs $25.00 to supply one student with grade-specific supplies and a stylish backpack. Go to their website to Donate and Volunteer.


Local Vacation Bible Schools

As one way for children (and parents) of area churches to get to know each other better, we want to publish congregations that welcome children of other churches (black and white) to attend their Vacation Bible Schools. If your congregation (in the Charlottesville area) would like to welcome children other than your members to your VBS, please fill out this form, and we will publish your information on our website.

Here's the first congregation who has contacted us with its VBS information:

First United Methodist Church,101 E Jefferson St., Charlottesville 
July 15-19, 2019, 9am to 12 noon
For children who’ve completed grades Pre-K to 5
Theme: Group “ROAR VBS”
Register here:
Contact: Alex Erwine, Director of Discipleship for Youth & Children


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