On Good Friday, March 29th, you are invited to join faith leaders, homeless advocates, and other community members as we journey across downtown Nashville on foot to observe and participate in the Stations of the Cross. The Stations of the Cross originated as a way to help Jesus’ followers retrace his steps to the cross. They often take the form of a spiritual pilgrimage through his suffering and crucifixion, enabling participants to contemplate and enter into the mystery of Jesus’ gift of himself to us.
Likewise, we’ll journey through our city on a spiritual and physical pilgrimage to contemplate what the stations mean for us today and for the marginalized, impoverished, homeless, and condemned in our community. We’ll visit symbolic places where Jesus and the poor continue to be betrayed, condemned, helped, consoled, and crucified like the jail, State Capitol, Legislative Plaza, Courthouse, and downtown churches. We’ll meet at the park on Church Street directly in front of the Downtown Public Library (615 Church St.) at 4:00 p.m. You can park at the library (make sure to have your ticket validated).
You’ll need to wear shoes comfortable for walking and everyone is encouraged to wear black as a sign of mourning. We plan to conclude around 7:30 p.m. If you have questions or would like more information, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the Facebook page for this event.
Participating community leaders and groups:
– Rev. Don Beisswenger (Vanderbilt Divinity School professor emeritus, homeless advocate, and author of Locked Up: Letters and Papers of a Prisoner of Conscience)
– Rev. Stacy Rector (Executive Director of Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty)
– Ndume Olatushani (former death row inmate who spent 28 years in prison for a crime he did not commit) and Anne-Marie Moyes (Ndume’s partner and the lawyer who helped overturn his case)
– Imam Mohamed Ahmed (Imam at the Islamic Center of Nashville)
– Preston Shipp (prisoner advocate, former prosecutor, and Lipscomb University professor)
– Wayne Walden (formerly homeless vendor of The Contributor)
– Nashville Homeless Organizing Coalition
– Open Table Nashville
– Amos House Community
– Nashville Advocates with the Un-Housed