On Friday starting at 10 a.m., the Dallas Area Christian Progressive Alliance (DACPA), a non-partisan alliance of grassroots Christians, clergy and theologians seeking to promote the teachings of Jesus, sponsors the 8th Annual Good Friday Walk through downtown Dallas.
The walk this year focuses attention on issues of economic justice, in particular the need for a living wage, the sin of greed and serving wealth, and the related issue of immigration (“welcoming the stranger”). As in 2013, the group will also acknowledge a major teaching of Jesus, his opposition to violence, by reciting the prayer of the mother of Ana Marquez Greene, a young girl killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in a stop in the park in front of the Federal Building.
The walk will begin near First Presbyterian Church, 1835 Young Street, the corner of Young at Harwood. The route then follows Main Street west to the Rosa Parks statue at the West End station, the northeast corner of Elm and Lamar, with a stop at Pegasus Plaza, Main at Akard streets. The walk will then proceed toward the last stop, Dallas City Hall Plaza, pausing on the way at Belo Park in front of the Federal Building to pray for an end to gun violence. The walk is scheduled to end around 11:45am.
Reflections will be provided by:
• Rev. Kerry Sumpter Smith, Pastor, Greenland Hills United Methodist Church
• Rev. Jim Mitulski, Interim Pastor, Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ
• Rev. Gregg Alan Smith, Associate Pastor & Director of the Community Outreach Center, Oak Lawn United Methodist Church
• Rev. Jeff Hood, Southern Baptist Pastor, Prism Church in Denton
• Rev. Lisa Coleman
Reflective and inspirational music will be provided by Kristi Hassell, Music Minister, Greenland Hills United Methodist Church and the Gospel Choir from Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ.