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Us: The Rev. David Ryu, lead pastor at Charity United Methodist Church

What can we do in the New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? BY DAVID RYU A  pastor received a brand new appointment to a church that had a long history in their city. For… Continue Reading

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Us: Michele Meister, head of the Virginia Beach Police Special Victims Unit and department LGBT liaison

What can we do in the coming New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? BY MICHELE MEISTER On the eve of the New Year, we should take time to reflect on the previous year’s events… Continue Reading

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Us: William D. Sessoms Jr., the mayor of the City of Virginia Beach

What can we do in the coming New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? BY WILLIAM D. SESSOMS JR. I detest extremes. Although there are people who engage in extreme thinking in Virginia Beach, they comprise… Continue Reading

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Us: Raj Islam, chair of the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission

What can we do in the coming New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” —… Continue Reading

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Us: Building inclusive communities in 2018 amid a time of division

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Because we see deep division and language that has fueled a rise in hateful harassment — even violence — The Independent News posed a question to community leaders, writers and artists.  What can we do in the… Continue Reading