The Virginia Council of Churches participated with St. James Armenian Orthodox Church in a Ecumenical and Interfaith Service On the Occasion of the Canonization of the Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide on Saturday, April 18, 2015. "Few people want to talk about Genocide; it is a very depressing subject after all. Still, we cannot indefinitely avoid depressing subjects, particularly when they are part of not only our history but also our present reality."
"In the first quarter of the 20th century, the world had to hear a story it would have preferred not to hear. – the story of how a civilized people turned to genocide, and how the rest of the world, also composed of civilized people, remained silent in the face of genocide…" The Rev. Dr. Jonathan Barton, General Minister for the Virginia Council of Churches, explained during the homily.