Prayer service, vigil for Charleston victims, for end to racism and white supremacy

Today will be a day of prayer at the Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center.

We will lift up victims’ families and the churches that have been terrorized. We will pray for an end to racism and white supremacy that creates such violence and bloodshed and terror in places of sanctuary and worship.

Our hearts are with the families of the nine people murdered in Charleston last night, with the congregation of Emanuel AME Church, with the congregation of Saint Matthew Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis who were terrorized with gun shots this morning, and with our sisters and brothers here in Chattanooga, and across the South, who may be living in extraordinary fear today.

The sanctuary will be opened from 12:30 to 5:30 pm for anyone needing a place to pray. Pastor Brian Merritt will be available for anyone needing to talk.

We will have a prayer service in the sanctuary at 5:30.

Following that service, the center will close so that staff and community members can attend a prayer vigil at Renaissance Presbyterian Church that begins at 7 pm.

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