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Unite to End Racism

Posted: February 16 2018 at 12:44 PM
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The Northern Illinois Conference and our Pan-Methodist partners along with the Illinois Conference of Churches (ICC) are arranging buses to Washington D.C. so Illinois residents can take part in the anti-racism rally on the national mall on April 4, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. The theme is ACT Now! Unite to End Racism. ACT stands for Awaken, Confront, and Transform. The memorial service in Memphis, Tenn. will be broadcast on the mall.

The ICC is handling registration for a Pan-Methodist charter bus for (UMC, AME, AMEZ, CME, African Union Methodist Protestant and Union American Methodist Episcopal Churches) gathering La Grange, IL. The buses will depart on April 3 and return April 5 with no overnight stop. Buses will be added in increments of 56 passengers. The rally is sponsored by the National Council of Churches and their goal is 100,000 participants. 

A seat on the bus costs $175 and includes a sack lunch, water, and a t-shirt to be worn at all times on the mall so the group can recognize each other. To register go the events tab at Registration closes March 20.  Departure times on April 3 and arrival times back on April 5 are listed on the website, along with other information. 

Act Now

The Illinois Conference of Churches is an ecumenical Christian organization with 13 member denominations. The buses are open to anyone who opposes racism. The buses are the project of the ICC’s anti-racism team, Illinois Christians Encountering Racism (ICER). 

Be part of the nationwide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination and be part of this clarion call to the nation!

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