July 31, 2008

Evangelicals Plan ‘Quiet’ DNC Action

By Jean Torkelson

The convention stew of politicians, delegates, protesters and general hoopla that will be served to the city next month just got another ingredient - a group of 60 evangelical churches planning a "quiet demonstration" throughout the four-day event.

One Church Metro Denver will set up operations, including a tent, at Creekfront Park at Larimer Street and Speer Boulevard in the heart of the Democratic National Convention buzz.

From Monday, Aug. 25, through the convention's closing night Thursday, volunteers will distribute water, pray with people and offer live worship music, said spokesman Steve Chavis. Volunteers also will go through downtown to help with trash pickup.

By "quiet demonstration" the churches want to show there's another way to make a point than "vocal public actions," he said.

"If there's no yelling and no protest signs, are we still saying anything? Yes we are, but it's not loud and it's not angry," Chavis said. "That's how One Church Metro Denver wants to interact."

He said the coalition has all the required permits. It will also accept prayer requests on its Web site, 1ChurchMetroDenver.org, and run an online prayer forum.

During worship services this weekend, the coalition's planners will begin recruiting volunteers at individual churches.

The church coalition has been in the works for months, driven by pastors from high-profile congregations, including Faith Bible Chapel and Orchard Road Christian Center and from newer churches with specific ministries, like Resurrection Anglican Fellowship and Confluence Ministries, which touts a diverse urban ministry.

Originally published by Jean Torkelson, Rocky Mountain News.

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