This Good Friday of 2022 we find ourselves battered and weary from yet another year of struggling against the challenges of disease, injustice, war and destruction that we face at every turn. This is a very frightening time for many.
Yet facing that fear together is what gives us hope, especially on Good Friday. This day marks the failure of the powers of evil to put an end to the revolutionary message that love is stronger than hate.
We call this day GOOD because we have seen and lived the truth of that radical love. We see it in our people as we continue to march, speak, vote, create, sacrifice, and care for one another, even when we are weary and worn. In all these ways, we bring Light into our beautiful world.
As poet Amanda Gorman illuminated for us:
Even as we’ve grieved, we’ve grown; even fatigued, we’ve found that this hill we climb is one we must mount together…. The truth is, hope isn’t a promise we give. It’s a promise we live. There is always light if only we’re brave enough to see it, if only we’re brave enough to be it.— Amanda Gorman, If You’re Alive, You’re Afraid, New York Times, January 23, 2022, and The Hill We Climb, January 20, 2020 inaugural poem.
YOU are invited to join us for the 2022 Good Friday Walk for Justice as we celebrate all the ways in which we are accompanying one another in the work of creating a more peaceful, loving and just world. Though we cannot gather in person this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage you to pray this modern-day Way-of-the-Cross in the safety of your homes with members of your household. A video recording of the Station Prayers will be available if you want to pray along with a group.
Please send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can keep you in the loop about next year’s Good Friday Walk for Justice, hopefully downtown!
The 42nd Anniversary Good Friday Walk for Justice Planning Committee
Kryss Chupp, Dan Dale, Kathleen Desautels, Kayla Jackson, Nancy Jones, Claudia Lucero, Amber Naylor, and Martha Pierce, Luke Sullivan