Photos from A Night Of Hope and Reconciliation, Part 2

As promised, here are more pictures from our Night of Hope and Reconciliation: For the City, Through the Arts. I was (and still am!) so encouraged at the humility in every heart poured out. Thank you, artists, for saying ‘YES’ to the vulnerability of this massive collaboration. We tasted unity, we tasted hope, and we tasted reconciliation which is the heart of God for our community. Be blessed as you look through these pictures of the many & multi-gifted folks involved in this event. Charlottesville, we are rich in humble hearts!


Reconciliation Concert 1
Community, hope, beauty, and reconciliation happening on stage in real time. So many beautiful moments we shared together! Photo by Maria Webb.


Photos from A Night of Hope and Reconciliation

Friends, it is with a full heart that I write to you today. I am overwhelmed with joy and gratitude at what took place at our Night of Hope and Reconciliation. Every artist and musician involved gave humbly and fully of themselves, the entire room was captivated in the awesome presence of God witnessing the many and exquisite gifts He has bestowed on His children to bring light, hope, and clarity to a hurting world. This night was literally my dream come true, a dream God planted in my heart more than 10 years ago: using the gifts and skill-set He has given me to strengthen and serve our community through artistic & worshipful expression. What He deposited in our hearts (and in the room) that night was nothing short of a massive visitation by His very Spirit and greater revelation of His heart for our community. He gave us HOPE for the future!

I was also blessed to bring you some of the deepest most heartfelt music I have ever written from the albums You Are My Joy and Fire In The Night. To see these songs come to life in the way I had always imagined was God’s personal gift to me that night. Who can ever forget the holy moments we all shared during “Seal,” which talks about the love of God that burns like a mighty flame, many waters cannot quench this Love! The prophetic gift of “Psalm45,” the wedding song that talks about the bride making herself ready and proclaiming with prophetic unction “GIRD YOUR SWORD UPON YOUR SIDE, O Mighty One!” And the gut-wrenching cry of “Help Me,” from Psalm 91, the emotion captured beautifully by the dancers. “The Cross,” featuring children’s choir Higher Voices and dancer Becca Lee, encapsulating the emotional depth of Philippians 2. And worshiping together to the song “My Desire,” joining together with the unified heartfelt desire to give to God all that we have and all that we are.

Thank you so much for your continued support in this ministry of writing and serving the community. The Charlottesville community tasted His goodness on Saturday night. And I am humbled to have been part of that process. I have many pictures from the night that I would like to share with you over the coming days. Here are a few to start!

- Julie

Hope and Reconciliation Concert 1
Cari Shipp Kramer (flute) and I open the night with the 1st movement of Dutilleux’s Sonatine. Photo by Maria Webb


Guest blogger: Cristina Rutkowski

Friends, I am incredibly honored to have featured artist Cristina Rutkowski share about her journey as an artist and her journey in creating for our Night of Hope and Reconciliation. Cristina's work is another example of the months of heartfelt, Spirit-led preparations that went into this night to serve our community and to bring hope to our hurting world. Cristina's work reflects the process of reconciliation and the restoration of hope in her own life, and as you read her story, I pray you will be encouraged in your walk as well.

After reading this, you may want to view her work again, which will be on display through October and November at Christ Community Church during office hours, 9-5. Cristina, thank you for baring your heart and soul through your words and visual art for the healing and restoring of our community.

- Julie

Link to blog:

Cristina Rutkowski Hope and Reconciliation
Commissioned piece for the Night of Hope and Reconciliation

Cristina Rutkowski display at Christ Community Church
Cristina Rutkowski’s work on display at Christ Community Church