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Palm Sunday Peace Parade

Peace parade“Care for the earth is our primary vocation as God’s partners in helping creation to flourish . . . God loves the world and expects us to as well.” Earth-care Theologian Sallie McFague

The United Church of Christ has one of the most progressive environmental justice ministries among the US faith communities.  Rev. Joe Shore-Goss and myself want to invite UCCs to join to represent the United Church of Christ in the 13th annual Palm Sunday Peace Parade which is dedicated to “Restoring the Earth: Redeeming the City: Peace , Justice and  the Ecological Crisis.”

MCC United Church of Christ will design a banner under which we can publically witness to Earth Care.

It takes place at 3 PM on Palm Sunday March 29th.    The Parade is sponsored by:

Church for Others, Crescenta Valley Methodist Church, Knox Presbyterian Church, Montrose Peace Vigil, Orange Grove Friends Meeting, Pasadena Mennonite Church, Peace & Justice Academy, Progressive Christians Uniting, Jill Shook & Anthony Manousos, Urban Village of Pasadena.

From Bert Newton at the Peace Academy in Pasadena:

Our parade is not simply a protest, it is also a celebration of the in-breaking of God’s Reign of Justice and Peace into the world, so it is an upbeat, family-friendly event. Kids ride donkeys (actually small horses) on the march, and once we get to the end point, we sing and pray for peace and justice.

Our route reflects the story of the first Palm Sunday when Jesus culminated his journey from the margins of his society, Galilee, to the center, Jerusalem. We march 1.2 miles, from a socially and economically marginalized neighborhood to an upscale mall, which represents for us the economic center of Pasadena, a temple to consumerism that fuels war, injustice and ecological degradation.

You can read more about the history and theology here:

http://urbvil.org/2013/03/18/the-peoples-palm-sunday-march-updated/

Parade starts at 3 PM at the Messiah Lutheran Church 570 E. Orange St, Pasadena and ends at Garfield Ave. and Colorado Avenue. (Parade route is 1.2 miles)

Let me know if you will provide a contingent:

Rev. Dr.  Bob Shore-Goss  Email: revrdrbobshoregoss@gmail.com  Phone 818-731-8348 

For further information find the flier and pictures of the Palm Sunday Peace Parade.  http://thepeaceacademy.org/peaceparade/

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