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Pastors To Address Racial Tension In Gastonia

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    Tonight, two pastors in Gastonia are holding a community event to show racism can happen to anyone.
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Race relations have been a hot topic of discussion in recent weeks following the shooting of an unarmed African-American teen by a Ferguson , Missouri police officer. Tonight, two pastors in Gastonia are bringing the conversation a little closer to home - holding a community event to show racism can happen to anyone.

Pastor Wavey Williams, along two other members of the Bethlehem Church, took the conversation one step further, with a panel discussion on race.

Williams says the purpose of having event is to find solutions on how to combat racial issues that may exist in communities.

“With all the tension that's in the United States concerning race, race relations, the recent shooting that has taken place in Ferguson, our church Bethlehem [Church] with our senior pastor decided that we wanted to talk about it and see what we could do, to not put more fuel into the fire, but instead let's put the fire out,” He said.

Williams says to truly put the fire out, Ferguson needs to become relevant to all races. That's why they held the multi-race discussion with white pastor Dickie Spargo and a Latino congregation member.

The purpose of doing so, Williams says, is to send a message of diversity and unity in the Gastonia community.

The discussion will continue with three scheduled events on Sunday. The location is Bethlehem Church (north campus) at 575 Separk Circle in Gastonia starting at 8:30 am.

At 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m, they will be on the south campus of the church at 3100 Bethlehem Church Street. The west campus on 2782 Fairview Drive at 10 a.m. will be the third gathering.


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