From Virginia (Delmarva)
Not long after the Nov. 8 election, leaders of the seven Episcopal churches on the Eastern Shore of Virginia decided to take action in response to the presidential campaigns' divisive rhetoric and reports of an increase in hate crimes against minorities.
The seven churches took out an advertisement in local newspapers headlined "The Episcopal Church Welcomes You," in which they said they want people to know "regardless of your race, color, creed, age, ethnic background or gender identity you are welcome to participate in our worship and sacraments, spiritual guidance, fellowship, pastoral care, outreach and educational ministries."
The advertisement appeared in the Saturday, Nov. 26 edition of the Eastern Shore News.
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