Community Renewal Society is convening its largest National Day of Prayer action to date. On Thursday, May 2, CRS is organizing “The Power of Prayer for Chicago,” during which participants will civically and civilly encircle City Hall, praying for a safe summer; the elected officials who govern Chicago and Cook County; progress around core issues of police accountability; restoring opportunities and justice reform; community development (housing and jobs); and a just economy for safe communities.
The action will occur on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., beginning with a program at the James R. Thompson Center Plaza (100 West Randolph Street), after which participants will move across the street to Chicago’s City Hall (121 North LaSalle Street) to join hands and offer prayer for the Mayor- Elect, City Council and new administration. Senior Pastor of Hyde Park Union Church, Rev. Veronica Johnson, will be one of the program speakers. This is a call for unity in Chicago, to that end, CRS is inviting all incumbent and elected officials and their constituents to attend and participate.
“Chicago is transforming. We have a new administration and City Council, yet we still have old challenges. What better day or way to show our commitment to positive transformation than with prayer? CRS will work with City officials by holding them accountable,” said Interim Executive Director Rev. Robbie Craig.
President of the CRS Board and Senior Minister of Church of The Good Shepherd Rev. Jesse Knox, III, stated “CRS is about action. We work to create systemic change that will achieve equity for those living at the intersection of racism and poverty. There is always a next-step and we will follow- through.” CRS Director of Organizing, Drea Hall, added “We could not successfully accomplish our goals without our member congregations and allies. I want to thank all of our partners for taking bold action with CRS.”
Founded in 1882, Community Renewal Society informs and brings together people of faith and congregations, in partnership with diverse communities, coalitions, interfaith organizations, and civic leaders, to intentionally and decisively transform society toward greater social justice at the intersection of racism and poverty.
Register online for CRS’ May 2 event, “The Power of Prayer for Chicago,” http://bit.ly/popChicago. Please contact Rev. Damon Smith with any questions, 312-687-8581 or firstname.lastname@example.org.