Join March to Unite in Pittsburgh



United Methodists are invited to join with people from other religious, social and civic groups in a March to Unite on Saturday morning Sept. 7 in Pittsburgh. The event is described as a call for a public witness of unity across racial, social, religious, political and other lines that are dividing communities. 

The Pan Methodist Council of Western Pennsylvania, which includes representatives from the United Methodist Church and as well as the African Methodist Episcopal, African Methodist Episcopal Zion and Christian Methodist Episcopal denominations, designed the event with hope of quenching a great thirst for unity seen in various communities, said Pittsburgh District Superintendent Dawn L. Hand, one of the organizers. 

Participants are invited to gather at one of two locations -- Calvary UMC at 971 Beech Ave. on the North Side of Pittsburgh or Freedom Corner at Crawford and Centre Ave. in the Hill District -- at 8:15 a.m.for prayer, followed by a symbolic march (on sidewalks) across bridges to Market Square to hear speakers and enjoy entertainment. The Market Square event will run from about 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
KDKA reporter Lynne Hayes Freeland, a member of Warren UMC, is scheduled to serve as the emcee for the event and Pittsburgh Police will provide escorts at designated areas. 

Those who plan to attend may reserve a T-shirt ($10) by contacting Rev. Hand at 412-281-7152 or emailing her with name and size needed at

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