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Circle Cleveland with love the day before the Republican convention

Circle Cleveland with love the day before the Republican convention

The Very Rev. Tracey Lind, dean of Trinity Cathedral and two co-authors have an opinion piece in

Witnessing the recent events in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Dallas, Texas, has made it increasingly difficult for justice-seeking Americans to hold on to their precepts of love and respect for all. While some of us have had our faith shaken in the dream of the eventual prevalence of love being the inevitable answer to the search for peace on Earth among its inhabitants, we are yet committed to persevere, to hold fast to our belief that there is more that unites us than there is that divides us.

Recently, we found ourselves in conversation with a group of people working on organizing an event for July 17, the day before the official start of the Republican National Convention here in Cleveland. The event, called “Circle the City with Love,” will bring several thousand people together to hold hands in intentional silence for 30 minutes before the RNC starts.

The idea is to stand together to embody the power of love that can bring peace and justice to our city, our country and our world. It is also a way for Clevelanders to showcase who we are and how we welcome visitors to our town.

We’re going to show up for love by joining the “Circle the City with Love” event on July 17.  For more information on how to participate, visit

Sister Rita Petruziello is founding director of River’s Edge, a ministry of the Congregation of Saint Joseph. The Very Rev. Tracey Lind is dean of Trinity Cathedral. Charles R. See is executive director of the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries’ Community Re-Entry Program.

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Philip B. Spivey

July 17 would be the perfect day to invoke the Holy Spirit.

Pray hard and thank you for your witness.

Leslie Marshall

Great idea. Thank you for your prayers.

Paul Woodrum

Maybe a wall – a beautiful wall – to contain the xenophobia, homophobia, sexism, racism and jingoism would be more helpful.

JC Fisher

Why not both?

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