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Rev. Brenda Brown-Grooms

Rev. Brenda Brown-Grooms on Hard Conversations

The Rev. Brenda Brown-Grooms speaks to me about the importance of community, hard conversations, and paying attention to the people around us. Rev. Brown-Grooms talks about what led her to New Beginnings Christian Community in 2011 to co-pastor with Rev. Liz Emrey, the founder of the church. Rev. Brown-Grooms has also been an active member of the Charlottesville Clergy Collective. She will […]


Christian Picciolini

Christian Picciolini on Compassion and Empathy

Christian Picciolini is a former neo-Nazi leader who now devotes his life to helping people leave white supremacist and other extremist groups. He is the author of White American Youth: My Descent into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement–and How I Got Out. I had a moment to speak with Christian about compassion and empathy before his presentation at Mt. Zion […]


Confessions of a “moderate Christian” in Charlottesville on August 12 1

I participated in supporting the clergy response against the alt-right rally in Charlottesville. Recently, my heart was cut to the quick when I reread Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” Particularly convicting was the first of two confessions by King: “First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the […]


march at Klan rally

Planting Mustard Seeds at a Klan Rally 1

On July 8, a group affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan came to my town, Charlottesville, Virginia. They came to protest the planned removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee in one of our city parks. I’m part of the Charlottesville Clergy Collective, a group of faith leaders who have been meeting to discuss racial issues in our community. […]


Three Invitations to Live Into Easter

Another Easter has come and gone. So how can our lives be different this year, post-Easter? Sunday, I attended the Easter Sunday service at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church. During worship, my friend Lance King, the Pastor of Chestnut Grove, delivered a sermon that is still resonating in my heart and my spirit. I want to share my takeaways from the […]