KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 12, 2017) -- For a group of three friends, and pastors, going to Charlottesville, Virginia, was a calling — one that was spiritual.
“We were warned several times that our lives were in danger. That by going to where we were going that we were risking injury and that we were risking death. And we had to be o.k. with it.” said the Rev. Anna Golladay, associate pastor at St. Elmo United Methodist Church in Chattanooga.
The three pastors – all from Tennessee — drove to Virginia to spread peace. They were invited by a group called Congregate Charlottesville to spread peace “in a time of chaos,” according to Golladay.
“As human beings, as members of the human family no matter what you believe we’ve got to get it together.” said the Rev. Annette Flynn, a United MethodistpPastor in Oak Ridge and founder of A. Flynn Partnerships.
Flynn said she wasn’t scared for herself, but out of her comfort zone in the face of peace and violence.