WASHINGTON, DC -- People of faith all across the country will join a diverse group of ecumenical Christian leaders for a non-partisan prayer ecumenical Christian service hosted by and including our many diverse faith communities and traditions--live streamed across the country linked to #PeaceWithJustice. This vigil will show that Christians are united in prayer for all of God’s children made in God’s own image, that we will love our neighbors as ourselves, and especially those who are different than us as Jesus commands, and that defending democracy for all Americans—no exceptions--is a religious obligation and a faith vocation.

The vigil takes place on Tuesday, January 19th from 7-8pm ET connected with the #PeaceWithJustice efforts to mobilize people of faith the week of the Inauguration to take action against hatred, racism, and Christian nationalism and instead work together to realize Dr. King’s bold vision of the beloved community.

The vigil will include a diverse group of prominent Christian leaders including (full list at bottom of email):

Rev. Jim Wallis, Founder and Ambassador, Sojourners

Rev. Adam Russell Taylor, President, Sojourners

Dr. Barbara Williams Skinner, Co-convener, National African America Clergy Network

Rev. Dr. Walter Kim, President, National Association of Evangelicals

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry Presiding Bishop and Primate, The Episcopal Church

Sr. Simone Campbell, Executive Director, NETWORK

Commissioner Kenneth G. Hodder, National Commander, The Salvation Army in the United States of America

Rev. Gabe Salguero, President, NaLEC

In addition to the virtual vigil on Tuesday, the group will be leading a Twitter Thunderclap on Wednesday starting at 9am ET. This Twitter thunderclap will help to change and shape the narrative leading up the Inauguration ceremony with calls for peace with justice in these difficult and turbulent times—even with the threat of violence looming over this most traditional ceremony.

For more information and to register to attend the vigil, visit www.peacewithjustice.org 

For media requests, please contact Jim Simpson at jsimpson@sojo.net

Full List of Vigil Participants:

Dr. Terri Hord Owens, President, Christian Church, Disciples of Christ

Dr. Cynthia Hale, Senior Pastor, Ray of Hope Christian Church

Bishop Adam J. Richardson, Presiding Prelate, 11th Episcopal District, AME Church

Bishop Claude Alexander, Senior Pastor, The Park Church

Dr. Barbara Williams Skinner, Co-convener, National African America Clergy Network

Rev. Jim Wallis, Founder and Ambassador, Sojourners

Rev. Adam Russell Taylor, President, Sojourners

Rev. Dr. Walter Kim, President, National Association of Evangelicals

Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, Matteo 25, Fuller Theological Seminary

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry Presiding Bishop and Primate, The Episcopal Church

Rev. Traci Blackmon, Associate General Minister, United Church of Christ

Shane Claiborne , Author and activist , Red Letter Christians

Rev. Eugene Cho, President, Bread for the World

Rev. Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, General Superintendent Emerita, The Wesleyan Church

Rev. Gabe Salguero, President, NaLEC

James Winkler, President , National Council of Churches

Nikki Toyama-Szeto, Executive Director, Christians for Social Action

Sr. Simone Campbell, Executive Director, NETWORK

Bishop Lawrence Reddick, Senior Bishop, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

Rev. Dr. Iva Carruthers, General Secretary, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference

Reverend Jeffrey Haggray, Executive Director, Reverend Jeffrey Haggray

Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO, Faith in Public Life

Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson, President and CEO, Children's Defense Fund

Rev. Carlos L. Malave, Executive Director, Christian Churches Together in the USA

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III, Senior Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago

Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, Chairman, CNBC

Commissioner Kenneth G. Hodder, National Commander, The Salvation Army in the United States of America

Cecilia Williams, CEO and President, CCDA

Rev. Dr. Fred Davie, Executive Vice President, Union Theological Seminary