Hammond: ‘The way forward is with each other’

Photos by Laurie Hamame | Oberlin News-Tribune

Clustered together on the front lawn of Peace Community Church on Aug. 18, 17 Oberlin residents sang hymns and prayed in unison for the victims of the attack in Charlottesville, Va. “Mary and I simultaneously cringed when we heard someone respond to what was happening with, ‘This is not America,’ the Rev. Steve Hammond said. “Sadly, this is America. We want this to be a turning point, but that doesn’t come easily. One of the things that we have been experiencing here at Peace Community Church is that the way forward is with each other.” The service ended with a moment of silence, where Hammond rang the church bell and the parishioners prayed quietly.

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