A stark contrast inside and outside a Charlottesville church during the torch march (By Washington Post)

1. “As I think about relaying an invitation to confront a mob to a full church of mostly untrained people and many children, I imagine mostly bad outcomes,” Willis Jenkins, a University of Virginia professor and one of the organizers providing security at the church, wrote in a message he sent on Wednesday And yet, he wrote, “I am personally haunted that I did not go to assist those students.

2. Former mayor Kay Slaughter was on hand as were Harvard professor and civil rights leader Cornel West and television journalist Katie Couric, a University of Virginia graduate who was working on a long-form report for National Geographic television about the national debate over statues, memorials and the naming of buildings.

3. In the church, Traci Blackmon, a minister from St. Louis delivered a “barnburner of a sermon,” said Jalane Schmidt, a University of Virginia professor and one of the leaders of those protesting the rally.

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Fundraiser benefit held for church burglarized 5 times (By KSAT San Antonio)

1. SAN ANTONIO – A Northwest Side church that was broken into at least five times in the past seven weeks received some much-needed financial support Saturday, thanks to dozens of people who showed up to a fundraiser.

2. All the money raised from the barbecue plate fundraiser will go toward replacing thousands of dollars’ worth of stolen items from the Grace Cathedral Christian Church.

3. To try and makeup for the losses, church members sold smoked chicken, sausage, green beans, potato salad, dirty rice, Spanish rice and other items.

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96-year-old pianist to retire after decades playing church music (By Charleston Post Courier)

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LDS Church clarifies previous statement, condemns ‘white culture,’ white supremacy (By Daily Herald)

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Robert E. Lee plaque removed from Brooklyn church (By New York Post)

1. A long-standing plaque dedicated to Gen. Robert E. Lee was removed Wednesday outside a Brooklyn church in the wake of the weekend violence in Charlottesville.

2. The plaque was affixed in 1912 in front of a maple tree outside St. John’s Episcopal Church in Fort Hamilton, where the Confederate leader was stationed as a military engineer from 1842 to 1847. .

3. “Given all of the circumstances that we as a nation have experienced over the past week and several months, … it became very clear to all of us that this reminder of the oppressive nature of a time in our history that really needs to be righted, should be removed from the church property,” said Bishop Lawrence Provenzano, of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island.

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Lady’s Island church vandalized with ‘shocking words’ in spray paint (By Island Packet)

1. twitter email Lady’s Island Baptist Church Pastor Sam Spain Sr. said he and his church are praying for the person who spray-painted angry words on the church’s sign overnight Tuesday.

2. Lady’s Island Baptist Church Pastor Sam Spain Sr. said he and his church are praying for the person who spray-painted angry words on the church’s sign overnight Tuesday.

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Guatemalan immigrant seeks sanctuary in Manhattan church (By SFGate)

1. more Photo: Mary Altaffer, AP Image 4 of 4 The Reverend Maria Santiviago, second from left, assistant pastor at the Holyrood Church, stands with Amanda Morales, second from right, and her children Dulce Carvajal, left, Daniela Carvajal, center, and David Carvajal during a news conference at the church in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017.

2. more Photo: Mary Altaffer, AP Image 3 of 4 Amanda Morales, left and her children Daniela Carvajal, second from left, Dulce Carvajal, right, and David Carvajal, foreground, are seen inside the Holyrood Church, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan.

3. Photo: Mary Altaffer, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 Amanda Morales’ children Daniela Carvajal, right, Dulce Carvajal, left, and David Carvajal foreground play inside the Holyrood Church, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan.

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Candeo Church moves into old Heartland Vineyard building (By Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier)

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Façade collapses at 126-year-old Detroit church (By The Detroit News)

1. Part of the façade of the First Congregational Church of Detroit crumbled to the ground Thursday; the church the apparent victim of age and decay.

2. Buy Photo A portion of the façade collapsed Thursday at Detroit’s 126-year-old First Congregational Church at Woodward and Forest.

3. “No discernible cause other than age and lack of maintenance to what is, unfortunately, a relatively soft material,” Detroit preservationist Francis Grunow wrote on his Facebook page.

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LDS Church issues statement of support for LGBTQ concert event (By Deseret News)

1. The event is the brainchild of Dan Reynolds, lead singer of the Grammy Award-winning band Imagine Dragons, who was seeking a safe place to put differences aside between the LGBTQ and faith communities to promote love and acceptance of LGBTQ youth.

2. They will be among those to perform at the event that will also feature words of support from NFL Hall of Famer and former BYU quarterback Steve Young and “Dancing With The Stars” judge Julianne Hough who are lending their voices to what organizers hope all in Utah can champion: support for youth.

3. Recently, Reynolds expressed frustrations over how LGBTQ issues are viewed in his faith tradition, comments that have made some in the faith community question whether there is room to find common purpose with an event such as The LoveLoud festival.

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