Pallottine Renewal Center in North County hosts the region’s third annual Ecumenical United Prayer for Peace at 3 p.m. on Sun., Aug. 6. Everyone of any faith is welcome to join us for a beautiful, inspiring and unifying hour of interfaith prayer. This is a dedicated time to reflect on the need for peace in our world, our nation and our communities. It also is a time to collectively renew our faith in the power of prayer.
In August of 2015, Pallottine and the North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice held the first United Prayer for Peace as a way to try to heal and unite our community after the events of Ferguson in 2014. The service was very well-received and we decided to make this an annual event as a reminder that we can and should be united as a community, no matter our race, religion or political leanings.
Following Ferguson and the divisive 2016 presidential election that continues to separate us as a nation, we felt a strong need to continue with the original intent of providing this annual United Prayer for Peace. Our collective aim and mission is to address the barriers that divide us.
Pallottine, which embraces and embodies diversity, is reaching out to all congregations that share this ideal. We are proud to partner with the following organizations to present this year’s Unity Prayer for Peace:
- North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice
- Peace and Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of St. Louis
- Presbytery’s Social Witness Policy Action Team
“This United Prayer for Peace service is a way for us to address the issues that divide us by showing how we as a community can come together to make our world a better place for our children and grandchildren,” said Marillyn Webb, executive director of Pallottine. “More than ever, it seems the unification of all through prayer and action is needed.”
Pallottine Renewal Center may be Catholic in identity but is ecumenical and interfaith in ministry. Anyone of any faith is welcome every day, but especially on Sun. Aug. 6.
“Pallottine is a sacred place of peace and our gift on Aug. 6 is to offer our beautiful chapel and grounds as a place to come together in unity,” Webb said. “All of us at Pallottine invite the community to join us on Aug. 6 in our gorgeous in-the-round chapel and to explore our beautiful grounds, our reflection gardens and Stations of the Cross, which some of our local Eagle Scouts recently rebuilt and enhanced.”
Please help spread the word about this important effort to promote continual peace in our community, not just on Aug. 6 but throughout the year.
Pallottine Renewal Center is conveniently located at 15270 Old Halls Ferry Road, Florissant, MO 63034. For more information, please visit www.pallottinerenewal.org or call (314) 837-7100.