DETROIT (WWJ) – A Good Friday, “Stations of the Cross” walk through Corktown and downtown Detroit will include meditations on Peace Zones for Life and on Non-violent responses to Islamophobia.
For thirty years, the walk has begun at noon from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (Michigan and Trumbull). It takes the traditional public liturgy and through it recognizes where violence and crucifixion are taking place today.
This year, the walk will specifically remember the death of Robert Mitchell, a learning disabled teenager tazed to death two years ago on Good Friday by Warren Police, and the public call for Peace by his Mother, Cora Mitchell.
It will also reflect upon the hate speech of Rev. Terry Jones, who plans to demonstrate in Dearborn this same day, and the calls for peace and unity.
“Good Friday is a day we examine ourselves for the ways we stand as silent bystanders or join or voices in the call to ‘Crucify!’” Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellermann, Pastor of St Peter’s, said in a release. “It is a day of confession, but also when our yearnings for peace and the justice which undergirds it, are near the surface of our hearts.”
Other stations include Emergency Financial Managers, immigration, taxes for war, home foreclosures, elder care, water commodification, children, youth and homelessness.
The liturgical walk is undertaken by St Peter’s and the Detroit Catholic Worker. It is joined this year by Spirit of Hope Church, Central United Methodist, the Corktown Restorative Justice group, the Jeanie Wylie Community, and the Coalition Against Police Brutality – Peace Zones for Life.
From noon to 3pm, the walk covers nearly three miles. A van will accompany walkers in case of injury or difficulty.