On Tuesday, July 23rd, St. Louis will honor former South African President Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday with a FREE service of celebration. All are invited to join at 6pm at Centennial Christian Church (4950 Fountain Ave, 63113).
Interfaith Partnership is helping coordinate the event with St. Louis Free South Africa Movement Activists, government officials and the South African Consulate Office of Chicago.
St. Louis is one of 13 cities hosting an event with the same message, and was chosen for the region’s activism in the Free South Africa Movement. Each city’s event will be called “Celebrating the Life, Legacy and Values of Mr. Mandela.” The program will feature speakers from different faith communities as well as local activists, union organizations, and civic leaders from the city and county. Charlie Dooley, Lacy Clay, Darlene Green, Terry Kennedy and activist Lew Moye are all confirmed speakers.
A freewill offering will be collected to support Mandela’s dream of building a children’s hospital in South Africa.
Interfaith Partnership supports unity and peace and strives to be a timely voice and visible presence of the religious community in the metropolitan area. As such we appreciate the South African consulate’s efforts to create an intentionally interfaith event and hope for a strong turnout from our vibrant interfaith community. Especially at a time when race and justice are on the news ticker, we affirm our commitment to knowing and understanding each other as neighbors and friends.