Jackson churches unite against racism

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JACKSON, Tenn. — Two local churches unite against racism in the Hub City. Two congregations held a special service Sunday morning as they came together with a goal of bringing hope and healing to end racial division in Jackson. SoulQuest Church Pastor Ronnie Coleman says the 4th of July weekend is always a slow one at church, but he wanted to do something different this year in light of some recent events such as the church shooting in Charleston, S.C. “We asked our friends from the Jesus Church to hang out and worship with us today,” Coleman said. “They are a brand new church plant in Jackson. We’re only a year old, and they’re only a few months old.” Coleman said he wants the two churches to stand united against racism in Jackson. “There is somewhat of a racial divide, and it seems like it keeps getting brought up even more as of late, and so we just want to say ‘hey, that’s not happening, that’s not going to be the case with our churches,'” Coleman said. The Jesus Church Pastor Mychal Hunt said the invitation to join the two congregations speaks volumes. “For him to be an older guy, also a Caucasian man, and for me to be a younger guy and to be African American and to come together, I think that says a lot,” Hunt said. “We want racial reconciliation here. A lot of times Jackson feels like two different cities or it seems like we are still racially divided.” Both pastors said their congregations coming together demonstrates that they as churches want a better Jackson. They called it “Better Together” Sunday as more than 160 members from both churches worshiped together.

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