Chicago Anti-Violence Protest – Churches Unite in West Side

In my last post I shared the letter that was sent out to our River City family explaining the thought process behind our decision to spend the day with some of our friends in the Lawndale neighborhood. We began with an invitation to a powerful time of sharing, preaching and worship at Harmony Baptist Church, and then met up with the rest of the churches for a prayer march. These 4 churches coordinated with the police to shut down the intersection of Ogden and Central Park for about 20 minutes, and we had an amazing time of lament, prayer, singing, and Bible reading. I was so thankful for the gracious hospitality of these churches towards us, and will remember yesterday for a long time. Charlie Billups, who has been given the spiritual gift of photography, took some amazing images that really capture the spirit of the day.

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This morning hundreds of people from many churches in Chicago West Side marched along Ogden Avenue and met at the intersection of Central Park avenue and Ogden avenue to pray and condemn the grand jury decisions against the Mike Brown and Eric Garner cases. I reserve any comments but I felt that the message headed by Pastor Wayne “Coach” Gordon and Rev. James Brooks was powerful uniting.

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