Unitarian Universalists will gather at All Souls Church, Unitarian, at 4pm on Wednesday, September 23, for inspiration and a service in preparation for an Interfaith Prayer Vigil for the Earth later in the evening multifaith vigil and the rally on the National Mall the following day. Snacks will be served. At 5:45 we will make a two-mile procession down 16th Street to join the interfaith vigil at John Marshall Place Park.
The Interfaith Prayer Vigil for the Earth starts at 7pm and continues all night for those who are moved to stay, until 7am the next morning for the gathering preceding Pope Francis’s historic address to Congress. It is being organized by the Franciscan Action Network.
Taking place on Yom Kippur, a day of atonement, the vigil will invite all present to atone for past deeds committed against the Earth and its people, and answer a call to action, animated by love. Music will be interspersed throughout, and faith and civic leaders will offer messages of hope, justice, and peace as attendees also bear witness to firsthand accounts of the crisis of values that is destroying our biosphere.
The full twelve-hour vigil will be kept going after the initial ceremony by different faith groups each leading an hour of mostly silent meditation. Unitarian Universalists are currently scheduled for the 9-10pm hour.
For updates on this event, RSVP to the Facebook event.
To get to All Souls Church, Unitarian:
All Souls is located at 1500 Harvard Street NW, Washington DC, where the neighborhoods of Columbia Heights, Adams-Morgan, and Mount Pleasant come together. The main entrance to the sanctuary is on 16th Street.
The closest Metro stop is the Columbia Heights station on the Green/Yellow Line. After exiting the turnstiles, take the elevator or escalators to the left. Walk south two blocks on 14th Street and turn right on Harvard Street. All Souls is one block down on your left. The church is the large red brick building with the clock tower. To plan your trip, use the RideGuide or the Metro system map.
1500 NW Harvard St St
Washington , DC 20009
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