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Vigil Against Racism Starts at 5pm on 16th Street, NW

Bells Chiming Wed. Night

Thanks to all who passed on the info:

“On Friday night, people will be lining up along 16th St for a vigil and in solidarity with the protesters. It seems that most of the places of worship will be participating, and all neighbors are invited to attend as well. From the invitation: “Bell ringing at 5:45 p.m. If your place of worship has bells, we invite you to toll them, beginning at 5:45 p.m. and lasting 8 minutes, 46 seconds, in remembrance of the brutal killing of George Floyd. Those standing on 16th Street may kneel during the tolling of the bells.”

explore map here by Matthew Schaible


A vigil for all people of faith and good will

We invite people from all religious communities on 16th Street (and those nearby)–and our neighbors– to join us for a physically distant vigil.

We ask you to cover the blocks of 16th Street (both sides) near your place of worship or home, maintaining a distance of 6 feet and wearing masks. If the blocks near you are covered, please move to another location on 16th Street. Our hope is to cover as much of 16th Street as possible, bearing witness to the love that grounds us as people of faith and good will. Please bring a sign.

At 5:45 PM, participating houses of worship are invited to toll their bells for 8 minutes, 46 seconds, in remembrance of the brutal killing of George Floyd. Those standing on 16th Street may kneel during the tolling of the bells. If prayer is your practice, you are invited to be in silent prayer for the transformation of this country, particularly for the dismantling of racist structures and practices.

This is a nonviolent action, and we ask that participants commit to treating all other people with respect.

Participating Organizations Include:

All Souls Church Unitarian
Augustana Lutheran Church
Calvary Baptist Church
Christ Lutheran Church
Congregation Action Network
Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries
Eighth Day Faith Community
Emory Fellowship
Fabrangen Havurah
The Festival Center
First Trinity Lutheran Church
Foundry United Methodist Church
Grace Lutheran Church
National City Christian Church
Nineteenth Street Baptist
Peoples Congregational UCC
Sixth Presbyterian Church
Silver Spring United Methodist Church
St. Matthews DC
St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church
Washington Ethical Society
Zion Baptist Church”

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