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Blessed event at The National Cathedral with Dean Rev. Gary Hall, discussing “Faith, Race and the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Pastor Mike McBride and Dean Gary Hall at the National Cathedral on Sunday, August 25, 2013.

Pastor Mike McBride and Dean Gary Hall at the National Cathedral on Sunday, August 25, 2013.

 

March on Washington 50th Anniversary National Cathedral

Pastor Mike McBride and Dean Gary Hall at the National Cathedral on Sunday, August 25, 2013.

 

March on Washington 50th Anniversary. On the Mall.

March on Washington 50th Anniversary. On the Mall.

 

March on Washington 50th Anniversary. On the Mall.

March on Washington 50th Anniversary. On the Mall.

 

March on Washington 50th Anniversary. On the Mall.

March on Washington 50th Anniversary. On the Mall.

 

March on Washington 50th Anniversary. On the Mall.

March on Washington 50th Anniversary. On the Mall.

 

March on Washington 50th Anniversary. On the Mall.

March on Washington 50th Anniversary. On the Mall.

 

March on Washington 50th Anniversary. On the Mall.

March on Washington 50th Anniversary. On the Mall.

 

March on Washington 50th Anniversary. On the Mall.

March on Washington 50th Anniversary. On the Mall.

 

On the march to the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington!
Join the movement & text “Lifelines” to #69866

Lifelines To Healing Bus Tour Stop in Atlanta

Lifelines To Healing Bus Tour Stop in Atlanta

 

Lifelines To Healing Bus Tour Leaving Morehouse University

Lifelines To Healing Bus Tour Leaving Morehouse College

 

Lifelines To Healing Bus Tour Stop at Duke University

Lifelines To Healing Bus Tour Stop at Duke University

 

Lifelines To Healing Bus Tour at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Panel on Mass Incarceration and Gun Violence

Lifelines To Healing Bus Tour at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Panel on Mass Incarceration and Gun Violence

Join the movement & text “Lifelines” to #69866

Lifelines To Healing Bus Tour 2013

Lifelines To Healing Bus Tour 2013 – Kick Off in Miami

In the week leading up to the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, Lifelines to Healing is embarking on a 15-city national bus tour that will culminate in Washington, D.C. Lifelines to Healing is a campaign of the PICO National Network.

Convened in direct response to the outcry following the unjust killing of Trayvon Martin, the tour will build awareness around the persistent disparities that exist between King’s dream and the realities of being a person of color in 2013.

People of faith will travel across the country training, praying and building a movement to humanize and value the lives of all of God’s children.

Find out how you can get involved in the tour.

Across the country, people of faith are already leading campaigns to create safer communities through sensible gun laws, and other measures to keep youth of color from filling up our jails and prisons, and working to create more educational and employment opportunities in the communities that need those opportunities most.

In 1963, Dr. King called on America to understand the “fierce urgency of now” and challenged the nation to move toward a path of racial justice.  Today, Pastor Michael McBride, who leads Lifelines to Healing, is challenging the nation to truly value black and brown life.

Lifelines To Healing Bus Tour Instagram

Join the movement & text “Lifelines” to #69866

Lifelines to Healing Bus Tour in the Press:

Miami Times: “Get on the bus for jobs, youth, and pride”

Jet Magazine: Bus Tour Celebrates March On Washington

OaklandCommunity.org: Lifelines To Healing Bus Tour Kickoff and Rally

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The Lifelines to Healing Campaign stands in solidarity with the Pilgrimage for a Pathway Citizenship as they embark on a 21-day, 285 mile journey, walking on behalf of the 11 million aspiring Americans seeking a pathway in this country.

Pray with us family, that justice will prevail.

Check periodically for updates on this amazing journey!

http://www.pilgrimageforcitizenship.org/the-pilgrims.html

Congressman Jeff Denham, speaking at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Patterson on Friday night, committed to supporting and advancing an earned pathway to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans. Friday’s event marked the end of the fifth day of PICO California’s Pilgrimage for a Pathway to Citizenship. Congressman Denham’s public commitment came in response to a question asked by Pilgrim Adriana Hernandez, a resident of Patterson. He also agreed to reach out to party leadership and other members of the California delegation to urge a vote on a pathway to citizenship.

Screen Shot 2013-08-04 at 8.16.29 PMIn the week leading up to the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, Lifelines to Healing is embarking on a 15-city national bus tour that will culminate in Washington, D.C. Lifelines to Healing is a campaign of the PICO National Network.

Convened in direct response to the outcry following the unjust killing of Trayvon Martin, the tour will build awareness around the persistent disparities that exist between King’s dream and the realities of being a person of color in 2013.

People of faith will travel across the country training, praying and building a movement to humanize and value the lives of all of God’s children.

Across the country, people of faith are already leading campaigns to create safer communities through sensible gun laws, and other measures to keep youth of color from filling up our jails and prisons, and working to create more educational and employment opportunities in the communities that need those opportunities most.

In 1963, Dr. King called on America to understand the “fierce urgency of now” and challenged the nation to move toward a path of racial justice.  Today, Pastor Michael McBride, who leads Lifelines to Healing, is challenging the nation to truly value black and brown life

Lifelines to Healing Bus Tour

Northeastern Route

Southeastern Route

Midwestern Route

California Route

Boston (8/19)
Hartford/Newtown (8/20)
NYC (8/21)
Philadelphia (8/22)
Baltimore (8/23)
DC (8/23)
Miami (8/19)
Orlando/Sanford (8/20)
Atlanta (8/21)
Durham (8/22)
DC (8/23)
Denver (8/18)
Kansas City (8/19)
Indianapolis (8/20)
Cincinnati (8/21)
Columbus (8/22)
DC (8/23)
Oakland (8/20)
Chowchilla (8/21)
Stockton
Fresno
Los Angeles (8/24)


You can also follow the tour and join the conversation here:
 

 

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The verdict in the Zimmerman/Martin case has ignited a national conversation on race, humanity, violence and justice.  We are compelled by our faith to proclaim that the value of life among our young men has greatly been diminished.  And people of faith have something to say about it! We are calling on everyone across the country to PREACH, PRAY and ACT to heal our nation. 

This toolkit is designed to give Clergy and Faith Leaders action steps to implement in congregations and communities.

PREACH

Hoody Sabbaths/Holy Days – Lead your congregation from the pulpit in prayer, reflection and worship on designated Hoody Sabbaths/Holy Days.

Shape your pulpit messages around scriptures that allow congregants to understand better the theological implications for the injustice that pervades our community and what God is doing about it. Give a call for action that is grounded in a desire to please God and fulfill God’s plan for a just world.

Preach with young people in mind. Preach about what their faith teaches regarding life and living in accordance to the tenets of their beliefs. Preach hope; let them know that God loves them, believes in them and is preparing a world that will celebrate them.

PRAY

Prayer Circles – Lead your congregation in prayer for our young people, their safety and the blessings of God’s grace and mercy for them, their families and their community.

Organize corporate prayer times within your congregation, your denomination and ministerial community. Center your prayers on God’s call that we act in support of the values central to our faiths – the values of love, life and community wholeness.

Start a prayer chain in your congregation and in the wider community that can unite congregations across faith, denominational, race and place lines. Encourage that we pray for God’s abundant love and peace for our communities and that that love be richly shared on our youth.

Pray for law enforcement and legal community that they hold in their hearts God’s command to always be just and prudent in their dealings with our young people and the communities where they reside.

 

ACT

Public Marches and Night Walks – Lead your congregation in Nightwalks and other organized efforts to move beyond the sanctuary. Take the message of hope to the streets and build a deeper concern for our youth and the sanctity of life.

Register to Vote – This is a movement that must be connected to the larger issue of transforming our country.  LET MY PEOPLE VOTE is a campaign to get us involved in the political process. If there is a PICO federation near you, get involved. Align your congregation with the PICO Network Lifelines To Healing Campaign and LET MY PEOPLE VOTE CAMPAIGNS.

 

Resources for preaching and teaching:

Sample Prayer to end gun violence

Media advisory template

Sample Facebook cover meme

Sample Facebook profile picture

Hoody Sunday 2012 Video Summary

Verdict, Values Op-Ed

Friday Day Walks

July 10, 2013 — Leave a comment

Mcbride postANNOUNCING THE FRIDAY DAY WALKS! Since October 2012, we have been leading the Ceasefire night walks every Friday as a body of faith leaders determined to stop the gun violence in Oakland. Starting this Friday, July 12, at 1pm, we will begin day walks in East Oakland to stage another front against violence in our community. Starting this Friday, July 12 at 1pm, we will begin day walks in East Oakland to stage another front against violence in our community.

In the summer months, there are always more people out in the streets and violence historically spikes. As a community of faith leaders, we want to make sure that we are building a culture of peace and healing in the community not just during the nighttime, but all the time.

The meeting spot for the first day walk will be at Union Baptist Church, located at 949 71st Ave.

Day walks will continue every Friday during the summer at different locations. The night walks will continue on Friday as scheduled.

Find out more information and JOIN US >>:http://www.facebook.com/events/607876005912489/ — with Billy G. Dixon JrMartin R. Peters and Damita Davis-Howard.

No Father's Day Sabbath

Dear Clergy & Community Leader,

This Sunday is Father’s Day and like many fathers around the country I expect to wake up and have my children wish me a happy Father’s Day and then spend the rest of the day reveling in the joy of being their dad. And yet I am saddened to think about the many fathers who have lost children and the many children who have lost fathers to gun violence. For them this will be “No Father’s Day,” one filled with memories of what they have needlessly lost. I say “needlessly” because Congress has failed to act to protect these families.

Given the chance, Congress rejected legislation that would have created universal background checks, ended gun trafficking and kept guns out of the hands of dangerous people. So this year let’s all send members of Congress a “No Father’s Day” card and let them know we will not stand for their inaction any longer. Visit nofathersday.org and add your name to the card. And let’s hope that by the time we reach Father’s Day next year, we will have the safeguards in place to ensure that fathers like me will wake up to happy wishes from our children rather than sad memories of what we had lost.
Would you also consider making a bold and compassionate step of intercession along with hundreds of Clergy and Congregations during our No Father’s Day Sabbath events on June 15-16?
We invite you to participate in 3 distinct ways:

  1. PREACH: Address gun violence in your sermon or pastoral remarks.
  • Please share your favorite spiritual passages and discuss how faith can help us overcome adversity and heal us spiritually.

2. PRAY: Invite the congregation to pray together for the continued healing of those who have been     affected by gun violence.

  • If any members of your congregation have been affected by gun violence or know someone who has been, you might consider asking them to stand up and briefly share with the congregation their story of how they have been affected by gun violence.

3. ACT: Invite congregation members to participate in several ways:

  • Send an e-card to your elected official asking them to end gun violence
  • Call our elected leaders: Call the White House: 202-456-1111 and the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121

Let us all seek the peace of the city to which we are called to serve. Today is the day to end gun violence!
Blessings,
Rev. Michael McBride, Lead Organizer, Lifelines to Healing Campaign
PICO National Network

P.S. Once you have added your name to the card, forward this message to your friends and family and ask them to do the same, and share your card on Facebook and Twitter.