The Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciliation (ARPR) Commission has taken to heart the Call to Action issued by our Regional Minister in her message on Friday, June 5. A season of prayer has begun as a result of this Call to Action. In continuity with the Call to Action, we will be hosting a region-wide Vigil for Freedom and Resilience on Juneteenth (June 19) at 7 pm (see attachment). The word vigil comes from the Latin word for “awake.” Vigil implies watchfulness, alertness, and awareness. On Juneteenth, we focus our gaze upon the struggle for freedom in the United States.
We request video and audio submissions, as well as creative submissions such as spoken word poetry, visual art, photography, film, dance, creative movement, and music (instrumental or vocal).
Submissions for this vigil could include creative, faith-filled expressions which:
- Highlight the history of Juneteenth
- Bring awareness to the current and ongoing struggle for freedom in the United States
- Call attention to places in our society where justice is denied
- Acknowledge the sin of racism and the resiliency of our region to work towards dismantling the systems that divide us
Send submissions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5 pm on Wednesday, June 17.
The murder of George Floyd again highlights that people of color cannot expect equitable treatment from the systems and institutions that make up the US. The promise of freedom and justice for all remains unfulfilled. We must keep watch together!
The Christian Church in North Carolina