Portland s Faith, Civic, Law Enforcement, and Activist Communities Join in Common Purpose for Peace-Building Event
The United Prayer for the Heart of Peace
PORTLAND, OREGON — October 18, 2016 Mayor Charlie Hales of Portland, Oregon; Apostle E.D. Mondainé Jr. of North Portland s Celebration Tabernacle; JoAnn Hardesty, President of the NAACP Portland Chapter; Commander George Burke, North Precinct; Fish Martinez of NAYA Family Center; James Harrison, Center Director for the ManKind Project, Northwest Chapter; Teressa Raiford of Black Lives Matter, Portland; along with members of Portland s Community Peace Collaborative, Interfaith Action Committee, and fellow leaders from diverse spiritual, civic, and activist communities; will join together in North Portland, on Saturday, October 29th with a powerful intention: to raise a united voice for peace across the city and its diverse communities.
The prayer assembly, United Prayer for the Heart of Peace, is open to the public, and will take place on Saturday, October 29th, 2016 from 5:00 – 7:00pm PDT at University Park Baptist Church, located at 4340 North Lombard Street, Portland OR 97203.
After an introduction and benediction, diverse faith leaders will offer prayers for the healing of the land, grounded in their unique traditions. Assembly Chair E.D. Mondainé will then deliver an inspiring message, and the group will close in song and unified prayer. Immediately following the ceremony, all interested peace-minded individuals are invited to an Open Circle from 7:00 – 8:00pm PDT, also at University Park Baptist Church. This forum will focus on a discussion of reconciliation, and will be an opportunity for Q&A, transparent dialogue, and the sharing of constructive conversation around the needs, desires, ideas, and insights that will support our collective, city-wide peace-building efforts.
“We need to be the example of unity in the midst of chaos,” explained Apostle Mondainé. “Prejudice, hatred, bigotry, and despair plague our land, and are robbing us of our natural inheritance. The only antidote is to come together as one people — to pray in our unique but united ways, to join with one another in passionate spirit, and to dedicate ourselves to releasing a heart of peace in our atmosphere.”
Apostle Mondainé s sentiments resonate with many civic, law enforcement, activist, and faith leaders citywide. Groups such as the Interfaith Action Committee, and the Community Peace Collaborative have this year been working to bring religious leaders, civic and civil servants, police officials and officers, activists, and organizers together to work cross-collaboratively. These groups are bridging the gap — building new ways to mend the fractures within and between our communities through constructive, solutions-oriented, inclusive dialogue and concerted action.
“We ve been divided along many different lines,” said Mondainé. “Politics, neighborhoods, school districts, race, socio-economic status … The tendency to surround ourselves with others like us only furthers the divide. Our aim with the Assembly is to provide a sanctuary in which all who know the truth rooted in the Divine — all Believers — can rise together in a unifying effort for peace and safety in our city.”
In the weeks leading up to the Assembly, participating local churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, and other circles of worship have embraced a shared prayer as part of their regular worship experience. The prayer (attached) calls for courage, solidarity, protection, grace, wisdom, strength, justice, and healing at every layer of community and civic government.
Apostle E.D. Mondainé summed it up this way, “Now is the time to humble ourselves in prayer. Now is the time for us to come together to pray for a heart of peace.”
About the Prayer Assembly
The United Prayer for the Heart of Peace is an interfaith prayer assembly open to all peace-builders, organizers, activists, and Believers committed to exploring new visions of unity, and dedicated to justice, compassion, and inter-community healing.
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