KENT, Wash. -- The Episcopalian Church was created centuries ago during a time of religious, political, and social unrest. Sound familiar?

“Man, it has been a tough week, hasn't it?” said Rev. Allissa Newton, who leads St. Columba's Episcopal Church in Kent.

Republicans, Democrats, immigrants, and people who were born in the U.S. filled the sanctuary. Newton reminded them of a higher purpose, which has kept them together for generations.

“Now we do what we always do - we stay strong, and kind, and brave. We help people who are scared. We say something when we see someone who is doing something wrong,” Newton said.

Her sermon urged the gathering to look beyond the election and the candidates.

“My hope is for everyone, regardless of who they voted for, that they can sit with open hearts and really listen,” Newton said.