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Around 350 people walked through a neighborhood in Kansas City, Mo., to pray for justice in Kansas City and our world. Led by Mennonite Church USA Executive Board members and youth carrying placards that said, “Black lives matter,” the walkers passed five places for prayer:
1. At the golden dome of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, walkers prayed for all faith communities who minister in Kansas City on a regular basis.
2. At the statue of explorers Lewis and Clark and Sacajawea, their Native American guide, walkers prayed for all those affected by racism and repented of complicity in unjust systems that privilege and discriminate against people on the basis of their skin color.
3. Alongside the Kansas (Kaw) and Missouri rivers, walkers prayed for God’s creation and for environmental justice.
4. At the statue of Jim Pendergast, a grassroots organizer and alderman in Kansas City, walkers prayed for a renewed commitment to peacemaking in their local communities.
5. Walking toward the Kansas City Convention Center, where the KC2015 convention is being held, walkers prayed for their time together there, for all participants and for Kansas City residents they will interact with through servant projects, seminars around the city and more.
The prayer walk ended as participants entered the worship hall for the opening service.
Photo of prayer walk by Vada Snider.
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