The Words of the Schanker Family

Christian Leaders to Carry Cross, then Take it Down

Phillip Schanker
April 18, 2003


American Clergy Leadership Conference
3224 16th Street NW
Washington DC, 20010
Tel: 202-319-3200
Fax: 202-319-3201

Good Friday, April 18, 2003 (202) 302-1110 / Fax: (202) 299-9496

Trade Your Cross for a Crown!

Christian Leaders to Carry Cross, then Take it Down

From their Churches in Effort for Peace and Reconciliation

WHAT: "Trade the Cross for a Crown" Rally and Press Conference

Followed by Good Friday Service

WHERE: Lively Stone Worship Center,

7441 Landover Rd. (Rt. 202), Landover, MD

WHEN: Good Friday, April 18, 2003, 11:00 AM: Press Conference

12:00 PM: Commemoration Service

WHO: Clergy from Around the Country, such as Archbishop George Stallings, Bishop Floyd Nelson, Bishop C. Philip Johnson and Rev. Michael Jenkins of Washington, DC; Philadelphia’s Rev. Jesse Edwards; Rev. Ernest Hamilton, Pastor Bennie Owens of Chicago, LA’s Rev. Joseph Waller, Pastor Bennett Hayes of Houston, Bishop Angel Torres and Dr. H.G. McGhee of New York, Rev. Levy Daugherty of Virginia, and more…

BACKGROUND: Pastors from churches around the country will join in a stunning and revolutionary addition to the traditional commemoration of Good Friday this year: after carrying the cross in remembrance of Christ’s suffering, they plan to take it down from their churches. The American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC), an interdenominational, interracial body of Clergy with more than 15,000 members nationwide, will hold a Press Conference to explain their cause, followed by a Good Friday Service with participants trading the cross for a crown, as the Bible predicts.

Nearly 100 churches in 60 cities nationwide will host similar gatherings today, as Christian pastors seek to remove the barriers that divide Christianity, Judaism and Islam, building greater unity amongst the sons of Abraham. "We have just passed through a time of bloodshed, and tragically innocent blood was mingled with that of warriors," notes Bishop Floyd Nelson, pastor of Lively Stone, host of the day’s events. "In remembrance of Christ’s innocent blood shed for our sins, we will do as he asked us, take up our cross and follow. But the time of shedding blood must end. Jesus is no longer on the cross. He is risen, and the risen Christ is our hope for life and peace. His victory was that he overcame the pain and suffering of the cross, loved his enemies, and blessed those who hated him," Bishop Nelson adds. "If we can do the same, then we can resurrect our communities, our nation, and even the war-torn middle-east from death and hatred to life and love."

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