On April 4, 2018, join Bishop Ward and thousands of other Christians from across the country in Washington DC to add your voice to ending racism in our nation.
On that day – the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination – The United Methodist Church is joining other churches in the United States to rally on the National Mall and launch a multi-year effort to intensify ecumenically our work together toward racial justice.
For those wishing to attend from our conference, transportation will be provided from the NC Conference office in Garner to Washington by motor coach, and hotel accommodations have been secured. Travel dates are April 3-5, 2018. Registration with the conference is open until February 28. Make your plans now!
This national campaign, ACT Now! United to End Racism has grown out of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA who discerned a call to unite Christian faith groups in efforts to eradicate the entrenched racism in our country. The United Methodist Church Council of Bishops encourages all United Methodists to attend the campaign’s launch April 3-5 with the following schedule:
Tuesday, April 3
- 7:00 pm – Worship Service (location TBD)
Wednesday, April 4
- 8:00 am – Prayer Witness led by the Council of Bishops and other partners (Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Avenue, NE, Washington)
- 9:00 am – Rally on the National Mall at the Lincoln Memorial
Thursday, April 5
- Day of Action with organized visits to legislators (instructions will be announced)
Of course, April 3-5 is only the beginning. The launch event will be followed by a comprehensive program to address racism in the areas of church life and practices, criminal, economic and social justice, civil and human rights, environmental justice, immigration, media, and education.
Make your plans NOW to UNITE with your fellow Christians in the conference and throughout the country to get it all started – to Awaken, Confront, and Transform (ACT) – and, possibly, enjoy the cherry blossoms!
Questions? Please contact Beverly Elingburg (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 919.779.6115, ext. 260.