30 Days of Silent Prayer: Healing the Heart of Our City is a month-long, July 1-31, African American-led collaborative conceived to add a vital spiritual factor to all the strategic thinking, policy proposals and investments being considered.
Our communities are experiencing deep and multi-layered trauma. The devastation of COVID-19, when combined with the heinous murder of George Floyd, created a perfect pain-storm, with riots, looting, and arson, followed by a steep escalation in violent crime. This has brought us all to a more painful awareness of the alienation of our youth and of ongoing generational and systemic racism.
This is a shared public ritual where people of all faiths and good will can come together throughout the day for 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silent prayer/meditation. These ongoing prayer sessions will take place throughout the day under a tent located in the Hawthorne Crossings parking lot at the corner of West Broadway Ave. and Bryant Ave. N. in North Minneapolis. Over the course of 30 days, we will collectively grieve our losses, open ourselves to change, and pray for a new future. All are welcome.
In addition to in-person physically distanced prayer, there will be opportunities to interact with the wider community from home by offering prayers, photos, videos and positive messages through social media using the hashtag #healingourcity.