Civil War-Era Sermon to be Delivered During 150th Anniversary Encampment at GCC Lima campus Center

The role of religion and faith during wartime will take center stage during an interfaith service to wrap-up the three-day Civil War encampment on the grounds of the Lima Campus Center of Genesee Community College later this month.

Batavia, New York-The role of religion and faith during wartime will take center stage during an interfaith service to wrap-up the three-day Civil War encampment on the grounds of the Lima Campus Center of Genesee Community College later this month.

The Rev. Gary Hakes of Fredericksburg, Virginia will deliver a sermon authentic to the 1860’s when he leads the service for civil war re-enactors and visitors, to mark GCC’s look at the 150th anniversary of the War Between the States.

The service is planned for Sunday, April 29th at 10:00am under the encampment’s central tent. Re-enactors in authentic union and confederate soldiers garb, as well as some civilians dressed in period costume, will join the public in listening to Rev. Hakes inspire the faithful with a sermon that will transport participants back to a 19th Century battlefield.

Rev. Hakes, who retired from the ministry after serving congregations in several states, attended the School of Theology at Alfred University, and earned his Master’s in Sacred Theology from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. His interest in the Civil War stems from the role of religion in the War—how it provided comfort during battles and offered hope after the war – and from his own genealogy—more than 50 members of the Hakes family fought in the war.

“I have known Rev. Hakes for many years and he has always been an inspiration to me,” says GCC history instructor and Civil War Historian Derek Maxfield. “In addition to his career in the ministry, he is a serious historian who does the ‘leg work’ to get things right. I am very confident folks who attend his service will find him as captivating and inspiring as I do.”

The service is free and open to the public. For more information about the encampment, visit: www.civilwaratgcc.wordpress.com/.

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