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Vigil for Climate Change

Thursday night, people will gather in front of Congressman Rob Wittman’s office to hold a vigil for climate change. The National Council of Churches will host similar vigils throughout the country. Adam Bray, a local who works for the council, is helping to organize the local vigil. The Reverend Fletcher Wells of St. George’s Episcopal Church and the Rev. Doug Hodges of the United Church of Christ of Fredericksburg will participate.

A press release for the vigil states, "In Fredericksburg, we are joining this effort to prevent catastrophic climate change and protect those living in poverty from the devastating impacts climate change will inevitably create. As people of faith, we are called to work for justice and stewardship, and yet climate change threatens both the well being of the vulnerable around the world as well as God’s creation."

Organizers say anyone is welcome at the event. The vigil will start at 7 p.m. in front of Wittman’s office near Ukrop’s in Spotsylvania County. People can also meet at 6 p.m. St. George’s on Princess Anne Street in Fredericksburg to carpool to the vigil.