KENT -- People of all faiths, including some area elected officials, came together in downtown Kent on Jan. 21 to take a stand for justice.

About 100 people gathered in front of the Portage County Municipal Courthouse for a "Post Inaugural Coming Together for Reconciliation." The event was sponsored by the Kent Interfaith Alliance for Reconciliation and Justice.

After a few speeches, the group moved from the courthouse to the Kent Central Gateway, where several marchers spoke.

"We will not stop our work for justice until everyone has a place at the table," said the Rev. Christine Anderson of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent.

Russ Buckbee of the First Christian Church of Kent said the group is not trying to change the results of the election but to remind elected officials "that they represent all of us."

Kent Mayor Jerry Fiala told the group about the city's "One Kent" initiative, and said public hearings are planned in the future.

"Kent, Ohio is a very unique place," he said. "We are here, not to demand, but to gain respect for one another."

Rabbi Lee Moore said that unity in the Jewish tradition can mean respecting multiple points of view as valid. "We need to argue more," she said. "Now's the time we need to pick our battles a little bit."

The Rev. Avery Danage of the Kent United Church of Christ encouraged the group to stay unified.

"The only way that we can move forward is that we do it together," he said. "We can't change the election, but we can change our attitude going forward."


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