Franciscans at A.C.T. to End Racism Rally

April 5, 2018 - FAN was proud to take part in A.C.T. to End Racism rally in Washington, DC this week.  FAN prayed in ecumenical unity with thousands of faithful from the Abrahamic traditions and other believers in order to denounce racism on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.  The three-day event calling the faithful to Awaken, Confront, and Transform was sponsored by the National Council of Churches.  It began on April 3, 2018 with an ecumenical gathering at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, DC. 

Events resumed Wednesday morning at 7:00 a.m. with a Silent Prayer Walk from the MLK Memorial to the National Mall, where an interfaith prayer service preceded a rally to end racism.  The prayer service commenced with a Teletron video, which included interviews with FAN’s very own Patrick Carolan and Sr. Marie Lucey:

ACT to End Racism Opening Video from National Council of Churches on Vimeo.

The call to action continues today and beyond. “We must respond as a people of faith in a way that is genuine, compassionate and with truth.  As believers in the Risen Christ, we are fully aware of the importance of reconciliation, redemption, and renewal. Our prayers must translate into action on behalf of those who have been victims of benign neglect and willful hatred. May this be the time!”, Most Rev. David P. Talley, Bishop of Alexandria, LA and Chair, Subcommittee for Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

You can take a concrete step today by challenging the mass incarceration of people of color.  Help lift people up rather than lock them up by contacting Congress via this link urging an end mass incarceration.