National Night Out Observance - Southeast District

Every year I try to observe the National Night Out. This year the Oliver Senior Citizens Center had something on the calendar, but I have no idea what. 

Some time after I left the Oliver Center, I took the bus to a community center in the Southeast District.  There I joined several other people and we walked through out the community singing and praying.  During the prayers I stood on the fringe since I do not know what they are going to say in their prayers.  I have heard some well meaning but very offensive things requested in prayers.  In one prayer, for example, somebody prayed for "those who look like us."  In the context, this was offensive because it left out most of my close friends.  To me, racist prayers are offensive.

The important thing to me here is networking.  I probably won't see most of these people again, but I might be at another function with somebody from this event and this might lead to working together and/or learning from each other.

A pastor made a public statement that his church is not Protestant, but non-denominational.  By definition, a non-denominational church is Protestant.  All Christian churches are either Catholic, Orthodox, or Protestant.

One of the pastors gave me a ride home.  I was very grateful since it would take at least an hour by MTA.  It took him about 15 minutes.


 

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