Where: White House (north side on Pennsylvania Ave.)
When: Ash Wednesday, February 18, 2015 from Noon-1:00 p.m.
“The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the Gospel.” (Mk.1:15)
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. Lent is a time for personal and societal repentance, a time for radical conversion, renewal and transformation. Living under the brutal occupation of the Roman empire, Jesus declared: “The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the Gospel.” (Mk.1:15) Living in the U.S. empire, which is responsible for so much needless death and suffering in our world, we need to heed Jesus’ proclamation now more than ever.
On Ash Wednesday people from the faith-based peace and justice community in the D.C. area will hold a prayer service in front of the White House to call for repentance and conversion of ourselves, our society and our churches to the Gospel way of justice, nonviolence and a reverence for all life and creation. Seeking to eradicate what Martin Luther King, Jr. called the triple evils of poverty, racism and militarism, we call for an end to corporate domination and systemic exploitation and discrimination; justice for the poor and all immigrants; an end to torture, indefinite detention and the mass incarceration complex; and for the conversion of our war-based economy to one centered on serving the common good, alleviating poverty and protecting our endangered environment. We commit ourselves to ending racial hatred as we call for an end to all violence and killing everywhere and accountability for those responsible for acts of violence, especially with respect to the killing of so many blacks by white police.
As the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist has now moved the doomsday clock to three minutes to midnight because climate change and the danger of nuclear war pose an ever-growing threat to civilization and are bringing the world closer to doomsday, we call for urgent action to be taken to end the climate crisis, safeguard the environment and abolish all nuclear weapons. We call, too, for an end to the U.S. militarization of space, all warmaking and U.S. military intervention worldwide, and the elimination of all weapons–from guns to killer drones.
Let us begin Lent together by joining in this important Ash Wednesday witness as we strive together to make God’s reign of love, justice and peace a reality.
Ashes will be blessed and distributed. Please Join us.
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