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This is the last "Collective Announcement" of 2019.
Thank you for your partnership and support this year.
Wishing everyone a joyous holiday season and a Happy 2020!


In light of the recent debate over whether counties should become 2nd Amendment  Sanctuary Cities and or Counties, the Charlottesville Clergy Collective, a group of interfaith clergy in the Charlottesville area, pledges to do the following:  

Advocate at the local and national level for laws that prevent or reduce gun violence.  This includes promoting universal background checks on all gun purchases and ensuring all guns are sold through licensed gun retailers. Our clergy members will advocate against laws that would increase the presence of guns in public places such as schools and houses of worship.

Connect with, and support, those who are directly impacted by gun violence. We will use our time, talents, finances, and physical presence to create a Charlottesville community that welcomes all people, and strives to keep them safe and fully included in our common life. 

Draw attention to the issue of gun violence in our culture and make the prevention of gun violence a regular part of our conversations and prayer time. We further pledge to educate ourselves and our community and to frame this issue in a worshipful theological context.  

Rev. Dr. Alvin Edwards
President, Charlottesville Clergy Collective

US CENSUS JOBS in Charlottesville & Albemarle County

The US Census Bureau is currently recruiting folks to apply for Census jobs in Charlottesville/Albemarle County area. These are short-term, temporary, part-time jobs. Currently, Albemarle County pays $21.50/hour, and City of Charlottesville pays $22.00/hour. There is paid training and auto reimbursement for mileage. The schedule is flexible and would be great to help supplement income or a summer job. Contact Denise Hall, (434) 987-1285, and/or download this document for more information.

The Monumental Justice Rally 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020. 2:30 pm on the Grounds of the Virginia State House. 
This event is being planned in support of legislation that would give localities the authority to remove Confederate monuments from public spaces. For more info see these two Facebook pages: TakeEmDownCharlottesville or monumentaljusticeva. Click here to reserve a seat on a charter bus from Charlottesville to Richmond on January 8.

Youth Summit 

January 17-19, 2020 at University Baptist Church. Local youth group members are invited. Contact Michael to later than January 1! Download flyer.

EMANUEL: The Untold Story of the Victims & Survivors of the Charleston Church Shooting

Saturday, January 18, 12 to 3:30 pm, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 233 4th St NW
The Jefferson School, the White Feather Project, and Coming to the Table are presenting a viewing and discussion of the film Emanuel to see how the community of Charleston, South Carolina discovered a way to triumph over evil. Download flyer for more information.

Martin Luther King Day Annual Vigil

Monday, January 20, 2020. Richmond, VA.
Join Charlottesville Coalition for Gun Violence Prevention at the State Capitol to remember Martin Luther King, Jr. and to honor those Virginians killed by gun violence. We will be taking a FREE bus which departs from Meadows Presbyterian Church (2200 Angus Road) at noon and returning to Cville by 6 pm. Click here for more information and to register.


  • January 18-19, 2020. Former Haitian Ambassador to the U.S. Raymond A. Joseph and his wife Lola Poisson will be in Charlottesville as a guest of Rev. Lehman Bates on Sunday, January 12, 2020 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Haitian earthquake. A slate of activities will be planned that day. If you are interested in participating or supporting this effort, please contact Rev. Bates <>.  More info to come!
  • Support Black Businesses February - African American Pastors Council is launching an initiative to support black, brochure, packaging, etc. It will be used by hotels, visitors center. There will be an appeal in February to spend $20 in black-own businesses - suggestions will be provided. Draft by mid January.


Saturday, January 11 at Church of the Incarnation, 1465 Incarnation Dr. (Note: date & location!)
Doors open at 8 am and required orientation begins at 9.
Download Information Card.
How you can help?
We want to encourage participation among those who don’t need this ID. So come and get your ID, and you’ll receive these benefits (among others): 
  • YMCA - discount for annual membership for day pass
  • Discovery Museum - free entry
  • VA Film Festival, Paramount, Live Arts - limited tickets to ID card holders
We’re starting “pop up drives” in local congregations after worship. If you’re interested in hosting a pop up drive in your congregation and/or have questions, please contact Rev. Robert Lewis.

CASA Alma’s Christ Rooms - temporary housing for the working homeless

Christ Rooms” is a network organized by CASA Alma that consists of:
  • Host households will open a room in their homes to receive a guest for a defined length of time – whatever the host can joyfully offer. We recommend a minimum of 12 weeks.
  • Guests may include: women recovering from domestic abuse, refugees whose formal support has ended, immigrants, young adults exiting foster care, and people recovering from illness or trauma.
  • Support households will assist hosts through regular calls and check-in times, and through occasional offers of meals or transportation.
Laura Brown, Coordinator of Christ Rooms for CASA Alma, would love to present this program to your congregation.
Stuart Munson, Community Resource Specialist, UVA Human Resources/FEAP, is working with Laura to connect UVA staff in need of housing with host households in our community on a temporary basis.
Laura and Stuart gave a presentation at our Dec. 18 CCC Meeting and distributed this handout.


Public Housing Authorities Directors Association - 2020 Scholarship Program

PHADA offering scholarships for high school seniors living in public or assisted housing at a PHADA member agency. Please download this brochure for more information. Applications are due January 31, 2020.
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