A Chicago church is hosting a gathering against inner city violence that will feature a line of people praying expected to stretch for two miles.
Approximately 4,000 people are expected to take part in New Life Covenant Church Southeast’s seventh annual “Prayer on the 9” event, which will take place on Saturday.
Minister Shammrie Brown, an organizer of the Prayer on the 9, told The Christian Post that the event is meant to serve “as a catalyst for social change in Chicago communities where violence is most prevalent.”
“It’s a call-to-action for the community to pray and gather along Chicago’s East 79th Street as one community, one city against violence of any kind,” explained Brown.
“We believe people will take away a sense of hope, encouragement and an urgency to act within their respective communities to improve the overall quality of life in Chicago.”
Last year, the observance involved participants wearing the color red and had those in the prayer line lie down in the streets to showcase the loss of loved ones.
“This year, with that same momentum, we are calling our community to stand again. Only this time, we are celebrating the lives of those we lost, by doing something with the life we still have,” continued Brown.
“As a culminating peak to this year’s prayer line, this year’s demonstration will be a 2-mile march with a band procession.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post