Prayer for Racial Justice
If you would like to watch a video of the Prayer for Racial Justice event, you will find one on the Central States Synod ELCA Facebook page.
Wednesday, June 3
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church
2732 Benton Blvd.
Kansas City, Missouri 64128
Dear Cathedral Family,
The Episcopal and Lutheran churches of the Kansas City Metro area invite people of all faiths to an open-air event to join with them in prayer for racial justice and peace. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, the event will be held at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 2732 Benton Blvd, Kansas City, Missouri. St. Augustine’s is a historically African-American parish in the heart of Kansas City’s east side. Among the scheduled speakers are Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, the Rev. Susan Candea, bishop of the Central States Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Right Rev. Martin S. Field, bishop of the Diocese of West Missouri of the Episcopal Church, and the Right Rev. Cathleen Bascom, bishop of the Diocese of Kansas of the Episcopal Church.
“God desires to gather us around the table of God’s reign and mercy, where each unique life has value and meaning and where the wonderful diversity of God’s creation is respected and celebrated. But, in our sin and brokenness, we are not willing to live in justice, to live in peace,” said Bishop Candea, “And so we pray. We pray that God’s Spirit would bring about healing and reconciliation and that God’s Spirit would change us.”
Those attending this outdoor prayer service should bring lawn chairs and, to show love for neighbors and friends, facial masks. For those unable to attend in person, the event will be livestreamed on the ELCA and Diocese of West Missouri Facebook pages.
I hope you will join us. Due to this event, my Dean’s Forum will not meet tomorrow evening, but will resume next Wednesday.