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PKB Peace Gathering set for Point Park

PARKERSBURG — Three residents have organized a gathering to help spread love throughout the community.

“There is a lot of fear, anxiety and hate in our world today,” said Azarian Bennett, 17, who is co-organizing the PKB Peace Gathering with his mother Kim Bennett and Andrew Myers, director of the Valley House of Prayer’s young adult ministry, The Burn.

According to Bennett, the event is in response to events happening in the world today, such as the Black Lives Matter Movement, politics and the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I, like many others across the nation, am bi-racial, and I believe it is time to take a stand and take action,” said Bennett. “However, I do not agree with the violence that has erupted across our nation and the sparks of hate that can be seen growing.”

Bennett said Jesus was persecuted, but he responded to those acts of hatred and violence with love and kindness.

“…and that is exactly how we need to respond today; that is how we will begin to heal our communities and our nation,” he said.

PKB Peace Gathering will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Point Park amphitheater. Participants will pray together, listen to relevant wisdom from the word of God and enjoy Christian music.

Marcus Stenson, associate pastor at the 36 Street Church of God, will speak.

“Right now, everyone is hurting in their own way and each person’s hurt is important to God, so that hurt is also important to us,” said Bennett.

Myers said the event is open to everyone, no matter their upbringing, racial background or religious affiliation.

“This is for the whole Mid-Ohio Valley to come together in unity during a very negative time in our nation,” said Myers. “We want to come together to show support for each other, bring peace into our atmosphere and call upon God to help us heal the different emotional wounds of our city and our nation.”

The event will conclude at 4:30 p.m., but the audience is invited to stay later and socialize with others.

“We want to meet people and help them in the best way we know how,” said Myers.

Madeline Scarborough can be reached at mscarborough@newsandsentinel.com

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