In this episode Jeff Boyd interviews Daniel Xisto, pastor of the Charlottesville Seventh-day Adventist Church. He is also co-president of IMPACT, an interfaith movement whose mission is to empower the faith community of greater Charlottesville, Virginia, to create significant social change through unified direct action.
On the weekend of August 11-12, 2017, Charlottesville was the site of racial demonstrations, hate speech, violence, and domestic terrorism. By the end of the weekend there were three fatalities and numerous additional people injured. On August 12 Heather Heyer was murdered by an individual who drove his car into a crowd of counter-demonstrators who were standing up for human dignity and a just society. That same night, Virginia State Police Lieutenant Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke Bates died when their helicopter crashed. Among those injured over the weekend, DeAndre Harris stands out as one person to note because of the severity of his attack by white supremacists. This podcast conversation between Pastor Xisto and Jeff takes place within this social context.
In order to get this episode posted as quickly as possible (~24 hours), I’m not including proper show notes at this time. Instead, please see these relevant links:
- IMPACT: Local interfaith social justice organization.
- Charlottesville Clergy Collective: Clergy organization that planned several counter responses.
- “I Am Not OK” (Daniel Xisto, 14 Aug 2017)
- ASJ: Stand in Solidarity against the Evils of Racism (Adventist Peace Fellowship, 14 Aug 2017)
- NAD Responds to Violence in Charlottesville (Adventist Peace Fellowship, 15 Aug 2017)
- Adventists Continue to Respond to Racial Violence In Charlottesville (Adventist Peace Fellowship, 19 Aug 2017)
- ‘Love Is What’s Keeping Me Going:’ Susan Bro Visits Site of Daughter Heather Heyer’s Death (Michael Bragg, Daily Progress, 19 Aug 2017)
Click pictures to advance. Pictures taken by Debra Crable Anderson and Nathaniel Henry Drew. Used by permission from Daniel Xisto.
Thank you for joining us for this moving episode of Adventist Peace Radio. I’m grateful that Daniel took time out of his weekend to share his experience with us. If you appreciated this conversation with Pastor Xisto, we hope you’ll share the podcast episode with others.
And I also want to thank my wife, Charissa, for two things. First, she recorded the introduction to this episode. Second, she was able to keep our toddler quiet during the interview so you could encounter this story without the distraction of a toddler protest in the background.
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