Clergy from a dozen denominations and faiths prayed, cited scripture and reflected in response to the racial tension in communities around the country on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016. They gathered at 12 Noon in front of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center in the heart of Detroit. The program was organized as a partnership between the ACLC and the Metropolitan Christian Council of Detroit.
On stage, with the municipal center in front and the GM Building as a backdrop behind, the MC for the event Rev. David Kasbow, the MI director of ACLC, stated. “We are gathered here at the seat of political power in Detroit so that it may also, for this hour, become the seat of spiritual power as well. In 2008 when America elected its first Black president we were hopeful but it appears we have much work that still needs to be done in terms of racial unity.”
The clergy shared scripture, testified to the values of racial unity. Rev Frank Julian, of Allen Park Christian Assembly stated that his congregation over the years has become a mixture of Black, White and Hispanic and that he would have it no other way. Aziz Alizadeh, of the Baha’i faith read a prayer for America, Rev. Priscilla Tucker, executive director of the MCC, led the group in the song, This Little Light of Mine. She commented that many people may not know it but the song has deep roots in the negro spiritual tradition. It was fitting for the theme.
The program concluded with the song, Let there be Peace on Earth. The event was one step along that path. More are in the planning stages.
Submitted by Rev. David Kasbow, ACLC-Detroit