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Engage Gospel Justice

On September 10 we invite all those who find prayer as a way to engage gospel justice to sit in solidarity and silence from 2-5 pm in the chapel.

Many of you are aware that at that same time across town others will gather with different intentions and interpretations of what we try to practice in our Baptismal Covenant.

Come for an hour or 3. You might wish to stay for Celtic Eucharist to end our protest with prayers for peace and justice.

Prayer is our conscious relationship with God and draws us closer to that for which we were created—namely, community.

We pray, then, at our deepest level, because we are drawn by the bonds of love. We pray because we love, being in tune with God’s intention.

Prayer As Protest

Our consolidated prayer as protest has a long beautiful history on this continent. Boston declared a day of fasting and prayer in September 1768 as a protest against a British plan to station troops in the city. A “pray-in” is now a recognized tactic of nonviolent protest combining the practices of prayer and a sit-in.

Later in the last century the practice of prayer as nonviolent protest was practiced faithfully by Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, and many others.

Let us come together in a time honored practice here or wherever you find yourself on Sunday, September 10 from 2 pm-5 pm.