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Fox Valley Congregations join together for Ecumenical Good Friday service

APPLETON, Wis. - Seven Fox Valley Congregations joined together at the Memorial Presbyterian Church in Appleton for a Good Friday service focused on unity.

It's a tradition that has been ongoing for more than 20 years.

"It's a chance for all of us to gather the different religions and celebrate something that we believe the same," Deacon C.F. Dedmen of St. Joseph Parish in Appleton told Local Five.

Clergy members from each of the seven churches work together to put on the service.

"The differences that separate us from church to church pale in comparison to the good news of the cross and the resurrection," Pastor Stephen Savides of First Congregational United Church of Christ told Local Five.

As times change, the tradition has continued.

"We pastors kind of come and go," said Pastor Mike Goodwin of Memorial Presbyterian Church, "but the tradition keeps living on."

This year the clergy members who planned the service decided to use the opportunity to reflect on events of the past year, and to work on the issues that divide the world through the Easter story.

Christine Leone Tracy, the Senior Minister at Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship elaborated on those issues.

"Terrorism, gun violence, domestic violence, Me Too, all the things that having been laying heavily on our collective hearts and Good Friday is a day to sit in that despair and to lament and to look forward to what we know is coming, which is hope," she said.


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