CHAROTTE, N.C (FOX 46) - Clergy from different faiths have come to Temple Beth El to fight for love and unity.
The Temple, hosting Charlotte Pride’s Annual service to help kick off Pride week but with the current social climate, everyone at the service agrees, this service is a chance to heal for the moment.
"When people live under oppression, they always have their breath caught (breaths in) a little bit. I think when you see clergy coming out and saying ‘yea, we want you, yea, we love you.’ We say that you are good, that we embrace you. If only so the time of service people can just (breaths out)," Charlotte Buddhist Vihara Rev. Ayya Sudhhama said.
These clergies say they want to be the example of love for everyone, even to those whose hearts are filled with hate.
"We want to be the example to the people that went to Charlottesville who spewed hate, who used profane language, who did harm. At the end of the day, we are going to come together and we are going to win," NAACP President and Member of the Clergy Coalition of Charlotte Corine Mack said
They understand the battle against racism, hatred and bigotry is not easy but fighting with love is easier than hating.
'While we are getting those haters out there if you will, we are still going to love on purpose with a purpose because we are called for to do something different and that's what our mission is," Reverend Lenora Southerland said.
"This work is very, very difficult, and you get hurt a lot but if it's for the good of all, down the line and we all win as result. It's all worth it. Every tear we cry, every frustration we have, it's all worth it," Statesville Avenue Presbyterian Reverend Amantha Barbee said.