From the First Presbyterian Church of Asheville:
Now is a time for prayer and action. The streets of downtown Asheville have seen days of protest and nights of violence. There is no excuse for violence, but we must not let that distract us from what is really at stake.
Those who are protesting are calling for greater justice and equity. They are voicing generations of pain and calling for all people to be able to live without fear and be treated with dignity. In sacred language, they are asking for a fuller measure of “thy kingdom come” in the neighborhoods of our city. As a downtown congregation, this is our neighborhood. We need to listen closely and stand with them. Peacefully, prayerfully, and humbly.
Your session has voted unanimously to support and participate in this gathering. I hope you’ll join me and other faith communities and clergy on Church Street tomorrow if you are able, and if not, please join us in spirit.
Prayer in Action: A Gathering of Solidarity for Peace and Justice
A group of pastors are putting together “Prayer in Action: A Gathering of Solidarity for Peace and Justice” for this Thursday, June 4 at noon. The event will be on Church Street, which will be closed to vehicular traffic.
Rev. John Grant will open with comments and prayer, with L.C. Ray, Herbert Grant, Tyrone Greenlee and the pastors at Central, First Presbyterian and Trinity Episcopal also being involved (plus others).
Attendees are asked to social distance and wear masks.