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Rockford Urban Ministries’ (RUM) annual Good Friday Walk for Justice will begin at 9 a.m. on Good Friday, April 18, from the parking lot of Emmanuel Episcopal Church at 412 N. Church St. The walk is free and open to those who wish to walk and pray for the city.
“We will walk to 14 stations, where we will stop and pray,” said Stanley Campbell, director of RUM. This will be the 29th year of the walk.
The 14 stations, or stops, go through downtown, “most representing the community’s attempt to help those less fortunate, such as Luther Center and Frank Ware/Rosecrance,” Campbell said. “The stops have also included places that need improvement in the city’s compassion — such as the jail and a bank. We also pray for our leaders at the state and federal buildings, for better communication through the newspaper, and a special prayer at the bridge for east-west side relations.”
This year, the new stop will be at the new Federal Building, where prayers will be said to welcome the immigrant.
The walk takes about an hour and 15 minutes.
“At the first station, we honor Emmanuel Episcopal’s Shelter Care Ministries, which serves the mentally ill homeless,” Campbell said. “Jesus wants us to help these, the least of His brethren. From there, we carry our 10-foot, 75-pound wooden cross to the Rockford Mass Transit terminal and pray for the people who use our city’s transportation system.”
Average attendance is somewhere from 50 to as many as 100 people.
For more information, call RUM at (815) 964-7111.
Posted April 16, 2014