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AR-OK Synod Prayer Vigil

Updated: Jun 17, 2020

A resolution to commemorate June 17 as a day of repentance for the martyrdom of the Emanuel Nine was adopted by the Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on August 8, 2019. Congregations of the ELCA are encouraged to reaffirm their commitment to repenting of the sins of racism and white supremacy which continue to plague this church, to venerate the martyrdom of the Emanuel Nine, and to mark this day of penitence with study and prayer.

Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. It recalls how the states of Louisiana and Texas heard the news that President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. Slavery continued in those two states for more than two years after the proclamation was signed beaus the word had yet to travel there. Texas and Louisiana finally got the good news on June 19, 1865.

You are invited to join your siblings in Christ from across the Synod in a time of prayer and remembrance on

Wednesday, June 17, beginning at noon. 

This live Zoom gathering will last about 20-30 minutes and will include time for silent prayer and reflection as well as shared prayers.  The Zoom link can be found below.

During this time of national upheaval and the pervasive reality of  racism in our country, it is important for us to pause to ask God to grant us the will and the wisdom to dismantle the systems that perpetuate this evil and remember these nine martyrs and all those who have died because of it.  Please join us.  

Zoom Link: Or join meeting with the following methods

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Join by Telephone

For higher quality, dial a number based on your current location.

Dial: US : +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656

Meeting ID:871 9789 1661

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