City-Wide Children's Sabbath
August 02 @ 08:00 AM - 11:00 PM
PLEASE INVITE OTHERS TO... “Beating Swords into Plowshares: Ending the Violence of Guns and Children Poverty” Nashville’s City-Wide Observance of Children’s Sabbath August 2-4th, 2013 A Multi-Faith Celebration sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund Nashville Team, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Gideon's Army, Urban League of Middle Tennessee, Black Nashville Pastors, State Representative Harold Love, Jr., and the Interdenominational Minsterial Fellowship Goal: The goal of the Nashville Children’s Sabbath Weekend is to unite religious congregations of all faiths in shared concern for children and a common commitment to improving their lives. Rationale: The loss of 2 lives…the senseless killing of 17 year old Johnathan Johnson and senseless act of violence allegedly committed by Eric Goodner has created a city-wide conversation about the health and well-being of our children. Whether through violent acts, poverty, family dysfunction, poor health, or failure in schools children are not reaching their potential. As faith leaders we believe, as the Children’s Defense Fund highlights, that every child should have a “Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and, a Moral Start”. And so, committing ourselves to doing what we can for the children in the Nashville community, as they start another school year seemed most appropriate! Add to that, the timely guidance of the Children’s Defense Funds theme for this year’s Children’s Sabbath Celebration, “Beating Swords into Plowshares: Ending the Violence of Guns and Children Poverty”, made sense out of the senseless! Children’s Sabbath Weekend Schedule Thursday, August 1st, 2013 – • Faith Leaders convene at high schools in their community to be a presence in the academic environment and to encourage youth to commit to a covenant of Peace and Non-Violence this school year. Friday, August 2nd, 2013 – • Children’s Sabbath kick off – All participating faith and community leaders will gather for an Ecumenical Prayer Service followed by a news conference and breakfast at the Vanderbilt Divinity School Chapel (8:00am – 11:00am) Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 – • "Love’s Healthy Start Rally" at Hadley Park (10am-2pm). All participating faith communities are encouraged to participate. There will be a variety of booths highlighting children’s health issues, speakers and performers, and activities for youth in conjunction with District 58 State Representative Harold Love Sunday, August 4th, 2013 – • Inter-faith Day of Worship and Prayer during which a mandate to nurture and protect children is called for For more info, please contact Eric Brown at email@example.com Or Lorraine Stallworth at Lorraine.firstname.lastname@example.org .