The letter and invitation below is from Pastor Kelly Chatman, founder and director at the Center for Leadership and Neighborhood Engagement. He and his team are working with Grace to guide, inform, and activate our shared energy in the work for racial justice in our cities and in our lives.
As we move toward the trial of Derek Chauvin, the primary defendant in the killing of George Floyd, I’m acutely aware of the different ways this trial pulls on our community. Some are grieving, some are hoping, and many are anxious about what is to come.
CLNE has the honor of working with some incredible leaders in our community to create a daily space for prayer as we all walk through this together. Join us daily at 8:00 AM as we launch the Healing Our City Virtual Prayer Tent.
This daily 20-minute experience will include a reflection by a different religious/spiritual leader each day and, following the reflection, participants will be invited into a period of 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silent prayer/meditation.
The virtual prayer tent will continue throughout the course of the trial. You can join us in this prayer experience via Zoom or as a livestream on the Healing Our City Facebook page. (It will also be available as a recording on the Facebook page if you’d like to participate on your own schedule.)
From this tent we will go out into our neighborhoods and into the daily lives of people who long for welcome, safety, and belonging. Let us walk boldly into the unpredictability of this human trial, walking in faith, holding hands, praying in solidarity and unity of spirit.
Warmly, Pastor Kelly Chatman