Group of churches to hold prayer march for reconciliation in Dayton

A group of dozens of churches will gather Oct. 2 for a prayer march advocating reconciliation and “hope and opportunity for every student.”

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The march will start at 4 p.m. in Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton. It will continue for a mile and a half to Levitt Pavilion, where there will be a worship service starting at 5 p.m.

The churches are partnering with Declare, a nonprofit that says its purpose is “uniting the church to transform communities.”

According to a release, the march will be followed by a six-week “Living UNDIVIDED” teaching course on pursuing racial justice and reconciliation, collaboration and mentoring with the Dayton Public Schools, and supporting the Yondr Initiative in partnership with Dayton Ministers United for Social Change.

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“In a day when we often hear what people are against, we believe now is the time for the Church to unite for reconciliation, for every community and for the next generation,” said Caleb Ingram, Declare executive director. “A rising generation needs to see the vision of hope for a better future, together.”

The Rev. Renard Allen, pastor of St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, said, “In a world filled with so many conflicting noises, Declare Dayton is organizing a spiritual symphony comprised by Christians of every hue and various traditions. On Oct. 2, all are invited to join us in declaring and reflecting God’s glory as together we produce the harmonious sound of prayer, faith and love in action.”

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