*Two of Albany’s oldest churches — one predominately black, the other mostly white — will come together for a revival this week that spiritual leaders say they hope will serve as a catalyst for removing the racial divisions that still haunt Albany 50 years after the start of the civil rights movement.

The congregation of Bethel African Methodist Episcopalian church on Washington Street has invited the Rev. Garrett Andrew, the pastor of First Presbyterian on Jefferson, to preach at Bethel’s three-night revival.

The Rev. Ernest Davis, the pastor and spiritual leader at Bethel, said the idea came to him following the city’s annual joint Holy Week services earlier this year.
“I thought it was a good thing that the different churches in this community were coming together during the Holy Week services, and we’d always talk about doing other things, but once the week was over, we’d all go back to our churches and that was that,” Davis said. “So I went to Garrett and asked him if he had the time to do it, and if he was interested. He was.”
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