Join the Charlotte interfaith community, on June 1st at Noon, as we remember and honor the 100,000 individuals in the US who have died of COVID-19 in the past 3 months.
The interfaith clergy of Charlotte join clergy across the nation in a call to grieve and honor those who have died from COVID-19 and come together in a day of remembrance and prayer for the healing of our nation.
As people of faith, we cannot allow this grim number to go unnoticed. Always and everywhere, it is the duty of religious communities to remember the dead and mourn their passing. From generation to generation, we have been given this task: to speak their names and honor their lives. One hundred thousand dead Americans from COVID-19 shall not pass by unmarked and unlamented.
“We must stop. We must weep. We must mourn. We must honor. We must lament.” – Jim Wallis
At 100,000 deaths COVID-19 becomes the fifth most deadly event in US history. The pandemic now ranks among those moments in the life of our nation that are marked by national remembrances, somber memorials, and moving tributes. The nation must be given the chance to mourn, lament, and remember the dead.
To meet this need, religious communities are acting with unprecedented unity. People of all faiths and others of good will gather together to mourn, memorialize, and remember the 100,000 both in our diverse faith traditions sacred spaces and in our public squares. And together, we will pray for the healing of our nation…
- We encourage Charlotteans to ring bells from their porches, balconies, and lawns and for houses of worship and colleges/universities to ring bells at noon.
- As part of our community vigil, we will share a photo montage of Charlotteans and family and friends of Charlotteans who have died of COVID-19. To include your loved ones, please email a photo and name to firstname.lastname@example.org by THIS SATURDAY, MAY 30th at 5PM.
- Because this is a vigil, we invite participation by all who are present. During the service, you will be invited to participate by either holding up (in front of your camera) a sign with one word in bold print (or paint) that is your prayer or by holding up a lit candle or other light.
Join us on Zoom – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84548599062
Join us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TBECLT/
Vigil sponsors include: Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Social Justice, Dilworth United Methodist Church, For Charlotte Mission Network, Matthews Presbyterian Church, MeckMIN, Myers Park Presbyterian Church, The Presbytery of Charlotte Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens University, Temple Beth El, Trinity Presbyterian Church. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Image by Suzy Turbenson.
lament * mourn * honor * hope