Historically, the Black Church has been “the conscience of the nation.” It was the Black Church which called and moved the nation to live up to its words and creeds, to genuinely seek, “to be one nation under God, with liberty and justice for all.”
So, there was a call from the African Methodist Episcopal Church leadership for pastors, congregants, and citizens from across the country to join together in Washington DC on September 5th and 6th to call the nation to conscience. Additionally, Sunday, September 2nd was designated as “Social Justice Sunday” and Pastors were requested to preach a sermon related to “social justice,” leading up to the two-day event.
As many gathered in Washington, DC on Wednesday, September 5th, a Strategic Planning Session for Bishops, Denominational Leaders, Pastors, Laity and other attendees was held at Reid Temple AME Church, Glenn Dale, MD. covering topics such as the Mid-Term Elections and their Implications; Early Voting; Evangelical Christians and Conscientious Christians. Later that afternoon, Bishops, Pastors, Laity and other Community Leaders visited Congressional Member's offices on Capitol Hill.
On Thursday, September 6th , attendees for this event gathered in downtown Washington, DC in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House, in protest of the state of the country. A press conference was later held at Metropolitan AME Church in Washington DC. Here is a glance at some of the attendees.