30

DAYS

OF

SILENT

PRAYER

HEALING OUR CITY

ABOUT THE 2020 PRAYER TENT

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 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 was 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 was a shared public ritual where people of all faiths and good will came together throughout the day for 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silent prayer/meditation. These ongoing prayer sessions took 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 collectively grieved our losses, opened ourselves to change, and prayed for a new future. All were welcome.

 

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

MEDIA

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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.

WHEN /

JULY 1-30, 2020 10 AM-7 PM

WHERE /

Hawthorne Crossings

912 W Broadway Ave • North Minneapolis

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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