On Sunday morning, a church member discovered racist, homophobic, and threatening banners hung on our church playground fence.
On Wednesday night, over 600 people came to our church in solidarity in response to these banners. We had elected municipal and state officials from both sides of the aisle, police, community activists, members of diverse religious communities, and academics speak or bear witness. We had uplifting music from Traveler's Dream and Blue Moon Rising. Over 1000 people so far watched the Facebook Live stream of the event. There were 4 news teams present. People came from as far away as Columbus IN to attend.
They came to reject the message of those banners. They came to stand for love, and sing for justice.
We had church staff and members come together to host this community. Kitchen team, sanctuary prep, sound, safety, logistics and communication was a group effort, and our community turned out in spades. Thank you.
I think our building has never been so full. And our hearts are full. We have a moment now to do something important with this energy. What will we choose to do?
For starters, perhaps I can be so bold as to repeat the set of admonitions from Councilman Perry Brown (Lafayette District 3) said: Watch. Fight. Pray. Vote.
Enjoy some of the photos from tonight below. And you can watch the recording of the live stream here.
(PS: if you have photos of the event you'd like to share, please upload them here! I missed the latter-half of the speakers, and all the women - unconscionable! Help me rectify my failure!)