On Sunday, August 13, almost 300 people gathered in the church at St. Joan of Arc for "Come Together", a prayer service for healing and an end to violence. "Come Together" was started after the shooting of Philando Castile, and the service is hosted by different faith communities each month. Our spirits were stirred by the voice of Robert Robinson, by stories from people who live in and love this neighborhood, and by prayers for all those affected by violence - in Minneapolis, in Bloomington, in Charlottesville - as well as prayers for our neighbors and for everyone who lives and raises their families in the community surrounding St. Joan of Arc. Then everyone walked the block around St. Joan of Arc and we prayed in the four directions. We noted the creek, which was the dividing line for white families and families of color for so long. We noted the highway, 35W, which both united and divided the people of our city. We faced downtown Minneapolis, praying for the leaders and elected officials of our city, that they may be servants of the common good and human dignity. And finally we walked past our Memorial Garden and prayed for our beloved dead and for all who have died in the struggle for racial and economic justice.
And then we came back for ice cream sandwiches and lemonade and a chance to meet so many people of goodwill, from so many communities.
We have far to go, and there is such great loss and violence for us to grieve, but it is heartening and powerful to join together. We know that love will prevail, we know that we are not alone, and we know that our God is journeying with us, constantly restoring us to wholeness and health. Stay tuned for future "Come Together" services around the Twin Cities.
KMSP Fox 9 News covered the service on their newscast Sunday evening. You can view their piece HERE.