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September Gabriel’s Horn|September 20 Weekly Newsletter

In Support of the Sacred Worth of Black Lives

In Support of the Sacred Worth of Black Lives

As we experience the anger and grief of this moment in American life when yet another precious black life has been snuffed out due to police violence, First Church is responding in several ways:

  1. Occupy 10th & G: Click here to sign up to occupy 10th & G (as well as 9th & G) in the coming days in 90-minute shifts, socially distanced with masks. Please access the building only to use the first floor bathroom and validate your parking ticket (if you use the garage; need fob/access card to do so) in the narthex. 
  2. Reflect: Join us on Sunday after worship for a Sacred Conversation on Racism facilitated by Rev. Amanda. To prepare, please watch “The Cross & the Lynching Tree” panel discussion. Our sacred conversation will take place on the same Zoom call as worship; there will be no coffee hour, instead we will break for 5-7 minutes then regather on the same call. 
  3. Connect: We are reaching out to our partner organizations: Black Lives Matter-DC (BLM), Washington Interfaith Network (WIN), Congregation Action Network (CAN), Shaw Community Center (SCC), and Sasha Bruce Youthworks (SBY) to listen deeply and discern how we can fold in with their initiatives and support their work. 
  4. Pray: This past week we offered two opportunities for prayer: one on Tuesday evening in which the congregation was invited to share what is on our hearts right now, followed by prayer and the second was a shared prayer service with our sibling congregation Peoples Congregational UCC, led by the Rev. Brandon Harris. Let us continue to lift one another in prayer.