Purple Ribbon Project

First & Franklin's Purple Ribbon Project, which is organized by the Peacemaking Committee, is our prayerful and public response to the violence that afflicts our city. During our service of worship, we will name victims of homicide over the previous seven days. The list includes information about the victim, including his or her ethnicity.

While everyone feels the impact of violence, the inclusion of the ethnicity of the victims reminds us all that to be a person of color in America is to be a person at unusual risk. One purple ribbon will be draped on the Park Avenue side of the sanctuary to remember each victim during the year. We hope that by hearing and seeing each victim’s name, we will move their death beyond being just another number; that by seeing the ribbons we will better understand the magnitude of this problem; that the ribbons will awaken our hearts to the sorrow that has saturated our city; and that seeds will be planted to help us see and respond to the hurts of our city as Jesus has taught us.

We will pray for the victims, their families and friends, and the perpetrators. After the service, we will hang the ribbons outside. Additional names will be read, and ribbons added, each week as necessary.

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