The National Council of Churches and the UCC General Minister and President John Dorhauer are inviting all members of the United Church of Christ to participate in a rally on April 4 in Washington DC. The event is in remembrance of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a rally for people of faith to “Act Now!” to unite and end racism. The focus of the event will be to Awaken to the truth that racism is evil and hurts us all; Confront racism through truth-telling and action to right the wrong; and Transform the hearts, minds, and behaviors of people and institutions.
I plan to be there. And, at our Conference Council meeting on Saturday, the Council was excited about the possibility of sending a delegation from our Conference to attend with me. During this week when we celebrate the birth of Dr. King, we now find ourselves with another opportunity to use his life and death to, as the website says, answer the call ”to heal the soul of the nation.”
Act Now! will begin with an interfaith service of remembrance on April 3, 7 PM, at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral. April 4th begins at 9am with an interfaith service of Prayer and Preparation at the Lincoln Memorial prior to the rally, which will be held from 10 AM to 2 PM. April 5th is Lobby Day with the opportunity to visit political representatives.
The trip is estimated to cost $1000, which will include two nights in a hotel and the airfare. Participants can choose to make their own hotel and airplane reservations or we can look into group rates, which may lower the cost. We do not want cost to be a factor so if you want to attend and need financial help, please let us know. In addition to Conference support, some of our Associations and other connected ministries may be able to help. If you cannot attend but want to financially support someone to represent our Conference (including donating frequent flyer miles for this purpose), please let us know.
Click HERE for to fill out simple form demonstrating your interest in either attending or supporting this event. If you want the Conference to help with your reservations, a non-refundable $100 deposit must be received by January 31.
Please contact me if you have any questions.