Jun 01, 2020Prayer for Racial Justice

Prayer for Racial Justice

When: Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at 5:30 p.m.
Where: St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City.

Ecumenical prayer service to be held 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 2732 Benton Blvd, Kansas City, Missouri.

The Episcopal and ELCA Lutheran churches of the Kansas City Metro area invite people of all faiths to an open-air event to join with them in ecumenical prayer for racial justice. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, the event will be held at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 2732 Benton Blvd, Kansas City, Missouri.  St. Augustine’s is a historically African-American parish in the heart of Kansas City’s eastside. Among the scheduled speakers are Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, the Rev. Susan Candea, bishop of the Central States Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Right Rev. Martin S. Field, bishop of the Diocese of West Missouri of the Episcopal Church, and the Right Rev. Cathleen Bascom, bishop of the Diocese of Kansas of the Episcopal Church.

“God desires to gather us around the table of God’s reign and mercy, where each unique life has value and meaning and where the wonderful diversity of God’s creation is respected and celebrated. But, in our sin and brokenness, we are not willing to live in justice, to live in peace,” said Bishop Candea, “And so we pray. We pray that God’s Spirit would bring about healing and reconciliation and that God’s Spirit would change us.”

Those attending this outdoor prayer service should bring lawn chairs and, to show love for neighbors and friends, facial masks.

Visit the event listing on Facebook.


St. Augustine’s has some parking available in their parking lot. We are asking that the central portion be reserved for those who need to socially distance in their cars.

There is street parking available on both sides of Benton Boulevard as well as on Lockridge and 28th Street. Our neighbors at Haven of Rest Baptist Church (2637 E 28th Street) have graciously agreed to open their lot for parking as well.


We will be livestreaming the prayers for racial justice on the ELCA Central States Synod Facebook page and The Diocese of West Missouri’s Facebook page.

We will also be recording the event in case there are issues with the livestreaming.


The Bulletin for tonight’s prayers in pdf format can be downloaded from here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/re31fim4ejcx02l/Prayer%20for%20Racial%20Justice%20bulletin.pdf?dl=0

The bulletin can also be viewed on this web page: https://www.diowestmo.org/prayer-for-racial-justice.html

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