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Recent violence prompts community to join an interfaith service for peace

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The sanctuary of Augustana Lutheran Church was filled with people of different cultures, beliefs and songs Sunday evening. Parishioners and guests came to an interfaith service for peace.

Reverend Mark Knutson said there is a lot of work to be done, but they are ready to do the work.

After the recent officer-involved shootings throughout the United States, Knutson said he wants the world to be safer.

"Racism is real," he said. "We have to own it; we can't pretend it's not real."

Knutson added, "There are so many things to be hopeful for." He said what people see repeated on television is not necessarily a representation of what is actually going on.

Guests like J.W. Matt Hennessee, a senior servant of Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, said he has already worked with local law enforcement to improve community relationships.

"We're grateful that, that's what we've done but we're not saying that's enough because it's not," Hennessee said.

Hennessee, Knutson and many others have joined in solidarity for justice and peace. They are working together to bring ideas into action by tightening gun control legislation in Oregon and improving relationships with law enforcement.

Knutson added people who want to take action should speak to their local community leaders and city council members. 

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