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“It’s about faith groups coming together and today we celebrate the fact that this was done 200 years ago and that they put together that collaborative effort,” said Jaime Baughman, a volunteer with Kent United Church of Christ. “We celebrate that today and we want to apply it to our own lives as a reminder that there is so much more that we can do when we work together.”
The service ran about 15 minutes. The Rev. Avery Danage Sr., associate pastor of the Kent United Church of Christ, was one of the featured speakers. Other speakers included the Rev. David Palmer from United Methodist Church of Kent, Rabbi Lee Moore from Hillel at Kent State University, Lama Abu-Amara from the Muslim Student Association at KSU and Jack Amrhein, president of the Kent Historical Society.
“I think it’s great having everyone join together this afternoon because it signifies unity,” Amrhein said. “These churches came together and were unified together by this one building that stood as a place of worship in Kent. These people of different faiths put their differences aside and I think that’s a lesson to be learned even today. We’re all working for the betterment of our community and that’s what Kent is all about. It’s always been that way. We’ve all joined together to make this the best community it can be and even today, we have to remember that.
Palmer echoed Amrhein’s statement and called the unity of the various religious groups a “remarkable” phase.
“You had people of divergent perspectives (200 years ago) that had the sense of unity and working together in one spot,” Palmer said. “In spite of their differences, them joining under one roof is an extraordinary vision that remains important today.”