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30

DAYS

OF

SILENT

PRAYER

HEALING THE HEART OF OUR CITY

WHEN /

JULY 1-30, 2020 10 AM-7 PM

WHERE /

Hawthorne Crossings

912 W Broadway Ave • North Minneapolis

ABOUT THE EVENT /

Our communities are experiencing deep and multi-layered trauma. The devastation of COVID-19, when combined with the heinous murder of George Floyd, created a perfect pain-storm, with riots, looting, and arson, followed by a steep escalation in violent crime. This has brought us all to a more painful awareness of the alienation of our youth and of ongoing generational and systemic racism.
 

30 Days of Silent Prayer: Healing the Heart of Our City is a month-long, African American-led collaborative conceived to add a vital spiritual factor to all the strategic thinking, policy proposals and investments being considered.

 

This is a shared public ritual where people of all faiths and good will can come together throughout the day for 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silent prayer/meditation. These ongoing prayer sessions will take place throughout the day under a tent located in the Hawthorne Crossings parking lot at the corner of West Broadway Ave. and Bryant Ave. N. in North Minneapolis. Over the course of 30 days, we will collectively grieve our losses, open ourselves to change, and pray for a new future. All are welcome.

 

In addition to in-person physically distanced prayer, there will be opportunities to interact with the wider community from home by offering prayers, photos, videos and positive messages through social media using the hashtag #healingourcity.

Visit our Facebook Page.

Daily Communal Prayer: 8 minutes and 46 seconds at 8:46PM

Please join us daily at 8:46PM, wherever you are, in pausing to pray/meditate for 8 minutes and 46 seconds...the length of time the officer had his knee on the neck of George Floyd, which resulted in his tragic death. Let us transform this terrible and senseless murder into light and life for our community and world.

MEDIA /

Kerri Miller interviewed event organizers Don and Sondra Samuels on the first day of this initiative. The interviewed aired on Minnesota Public Radio on July 3, 2020.

Listen now.

Kerri Miller interviewed event organizers Don and Sondra Samuels on the first day of this initiative. The interviewed aired on Minnesota Public Radio on July 3, 2020.

Listen now.

This is a grassroots initiative that will evolve as more people participate. We wholeheartedly welcome the participation of our broader Twin Cities community.

If you have questions or would like to get involved, please drop us a note!

If you would like to be added to a mailing list to get updates about this initiative, please sign up. We will not sell or share your information.

GET INVOLVED /

WHEN /

JULY 1-30, 2020 10 AM-7 PM

WHERE /

Hawthorne Crossings

912 W Broadway Ave • North Minneapolis

ABOUT THE EVENT /

Our communities are experiencing deep and multi-layered trauma. The devastation of COVID-19, when combined with the heinous murder of George Floyd, created a perfect pain-storm, with riots, looting, and arson, followed by a steep escalation in violent crime. This has brought us all to a more painful awareness of the alienation of our youth and of ongoing generational and systemic racism.
 

30 Days of Silent Prayer: Healing the Heart of Our City is a month-long, African American-led collaborative conceived to add a vital spiritual factor to all the strategic thinking, policy proposals and investments being considered.

 

This is a shared public ritual where people of all faiths and good will can come together throughout the day for 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silent prayer/meditation. These ongoing prayer sessions will take place throughout the day under a tent located in the Hawthorne Crossings parking lot at the corner of West Broadway Ave. and Bryant Ave. N. in North Minneapolis. Over the course of 30 days, we will collectively grieve our losses, open ourselves to change, and pray for a new future. All are welcome.

 

In addition to in-person physically distanced prayer, there will be opportunities to interact with the wider community from home by offering prayers, photos, videos and positive messages through social media using the hashtag #healingourcity.

MESSAGE OF GRATITUDE AND WHAT NOW?/

 

Thank you for your participation in co-creating this powerful prayer event. Read Don and Sondra Samuels' message of gratitude and recap with photos and what's next.

For more information, please visit our Facebook event page.

CONTRIBUTE/

If you would like to donate to this grass-roots movement for healing, peace and justice in the Twin Cities, we welcome your contributions. While all leaders involved are volunteers, the cost to create a safe and welcoming experience for all attendees over the the course of the month is approximately $45,000. All of the expenses (tent rental, banners, prayer rugs and cushions, water, supplies, MAD DADS community outreach workers, youth videographers, artists, website, etc.) for this event are currently being taken on by a few community members. Can you contribute to helping cover these expenses? Northside nonprofit Alafia Foundation is serving as our fiscal sponsor, so your contributions are tax deductible.

GET INVOLVED/

This is a grassroots initiative that will evolve as more people participate. We wholeheartedly welcome the participation of our broader Twin Cities community.

If you have questions or would like to get involved, please drop us a note!

If you would like to be added to a mailing list to get updates about this initiative, please sign up. We will not sell or share your information.

MEDIA /

Kerri Miller interviewed event organizers Don and Sondra Samuels on the first day of this initiative. The interview aired on Minnesota Public Radio on July 3, 2020. Listen now.

A story about Healing Our City - 30 Days of Silent Prayer by Jean Hopfensperger appeared on the front page of the Star Tribune on July 8, 2020. Read now.

Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune

Reporter Sarah Danik from Fox 9 News visited the site for a story that aired on July 6, 2020. View now.

HELP SPREAD THE WORD /

Word of mouth is our best way of reaching people. Download PDF of flyer to share with your family, friends, faith communities, and other networks and groups.

PRAYER SCHEDULE THEMES

JULY 1-10

GRIEVING FOR OUR CITY AND OUR OWN COMPLICITY

JULY 11-20

OPENNESS TO CHANGE

JULY 21-30

PRAYERS FOR A NEW FUTURE

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