Urban Leaders to Meet in Georgia March 19 to Address Violence in Our Cities
The Reconciled Church to Hold Celebration of Unity Service
GAINESVILLE, Ga., March 6, 2017 – The Reconciled Church, a movement of racially diverse evangelical leaders, will hold a Celebration of Unity Service to address the rash of violence in our cities and other urban problems at 5 p.m. March 19 at Free Chapel’s Gainesville campus.
Representatives of the police and community groups will also attend.
The Reconciled Church held its first conference in January 2015 in the wake of police killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island, New York. Since then, such incidents have become increasingly common.
Violence overall in top urban areas has continued, and President Donald Trump highlighted the rise in the murder rate in his address to Congress last week. A New York University study released in December projected a 14 percent jump in 2016’s murder rate over the previous year in America’s 30 largest cities.
Bishop Harry Jackson, one of the main organizers of The Reconciled Church movement, believes Christians can play a key role in solving urban problems.
“We can heal America’s race problem and have safety and freedom in every urban area,” said Jackson, senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in the Washington, D.C., area and chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition.
“In a divided society, only the Church can lead the way, acting as a bridge of hope and peace. We must come together! Blacks can’t do it alone. We need blacks, whites and Hispanics to meet together to seek practical solutions.”
The two-hour, 30-minute service will include remarks by Jackson and evangelist James Robison, another co-founder of The Reconciled Church, and a panel discussion on community safety and the church’s role in volatile situations.
“As believers in the gospel of Jesus Christ, we have a perfect Father,” Robison said. “It is the love of the Father that can lift us above the walls of division. He is the only cure for hatred, anger and violence.”
Jentezen Franklin, senior pastor of Free Chapel, a multi-racial congregation, will be the host for the evening.
“While there is division in our nation, there is unity in the Church and we are hoping events such as this one will be a catalyst for reconciliation in our land,” Franklin said. “This is not just an event, it’s a movement.”
Other leaders expected to attend include:
- Bishop Wellington Boone, author, speaker and evangelical leader;
- Mike Hayes, founding pastor of Covenant Church, Dallas;
- Alveda King, pro-life advocate and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.;
- Sophia A. Nelson, author, speaker and CNN contributor;
- Bishop Angel Nunez, Bilingual Christian Church, Baltimore;
- Toni Brinker Pickens, founder, Operation Blue Shield;
- Chief Melvin Russell, Baltimore Police Department;
- Lance Wallnau, speaker, business and political strategist; and
- Kevin Williams, a former corrections officer and chaplain of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s Rapid Response Team.
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