The Creation Care Alliance of WNC welcomes people of all faiths to an Earth Day Vigil on Sunday, April 23 at 5 p.m. at Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. This event is a celebration of God’s wondrous creation, and a call to action to care for it during a time when it is in peril.
There will be song, reflection and messages of inspiration from local faith and community organizations and leaders.
Words of reflection and blessings delivered by Rabbi Justin Goldstein of Congregation Beth Israel, Rev. Shannon Spencer of the Asheville Poverty Initiative, Rev. Steve Runholt of Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church, Tyrone Greenlee, Director of Christians for a United Community, Rev. Scott Hardin-Nieri, Director of the Creation Care Alliance of WNC, Rev. Howard Hanger of Jubilee! Community, Rev. Samantha Gonzales-Block and youth of the Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. Poetry will be recited by Abbey Ende and Claire Grady from Asheville High School.
Music and hymns will be performed by Daniel Barber of the Jubilee! Community; Lance Craig and youth of the Skyland United Methodist Church and the Spanish Mass Choir from St. Eugene Catholic Church.
Prayer flags of hope and action will be created in collaboration with the Asheville Youth Mission.
Following the Earth Day Vigil, there will be a reception with food and drink at Jubilee! Community Church, 46 Wall St.
Attendees should feel free to bring a blanket or comfy lawn chair. Creation Care Alliance reminds those interested in attending to consider biking, carpooling or taking public transportation. In event of rain or bad weather, the vigil will take place at Jubilee! Community Church.