Daphne, AL—What began as separate visions at the Fairhope Police Department, Ecumenical Ministries and churches of all races and creeds in Baldwin County has become unified in an event in Daphne on Sunday, Nov. 6 between 3 and 7:30 p.m. that will draw hundreds together to promote racial reconciliation and peace. Three Eastern Shore cities – Daphne, Fairhope and Spanish Fort – are coming together with representatives of more than 20 Baldwin County churches to plan and host Path to Peace. The event will include a peaceful march to the Daphne Civic Center, fellowship, complimentary food and beverage, music and an ecumenical worship service featuring keynote speaker Pastor Joe Johnson of Mount Hebron Church Ministries of Mobile. “I had a vision of people coming together in racial reconciliation and peace in a stand against the violence and injustice in our communities and nation,” said Pastor Wayne Anderson of South River Park Church in Fairhope. “When I began to reach out and share that vision, I learned that many others had similar ideas. So we came together with Ecumenical Ministries and its initiative All Churches Together (ACT II), and began planning what has become known as Path to Peace.” The event is meant only as a starting point. “The very nature of the Christian church is a call to break down barriers and bring people together. But we believe this is a hope that reaches well outside our churches and we invite anyone that shares that hope to join us,” said Pastor Henry Crawford of Good Samaritan Sanctuary in Fairhope. “The event itself is only a beginning. We don’t want anyone to leave on November 6 feeling better but with nothing changed. We intend on sharing concrete actions – large and small – we can take individually and as a community to promote justice and peace.” The activities are free and open to the public and all are invited to join in one or more of the following:
3 to 4 p.m. Meet at Daphne Civic Center for BRATS shuttle to starting points for march (Lott Park and Village Point Park are each a 1 mile walk to the Civic Center)
4 to 5 p.m. March to Daphne Civic Center
5 to 6 p.m. Gather at Daphne Civic Center for Food and Fellowship
6 to 7:30 p.m. Participate in music and worship service featuring keynote speaker Pastor Joe Johnson, Mount Hebron Church Ministries of Mobile Organizers say the next collective opportunity to show unity and peace is to promote the largest and most diverse turnout in history at the annual Martin Luther King Day march that will take place in Bay Minette on Monday, Jan. 16.