SEBRING — Emmanuel United Church of Christ wants to redefine what a peaceful gathering for a cause looks like.
With no signs, slogans or bullhorns, people plan to have a brief prayer at 10 a.m. Wednesday, go to a corner of the property at 3115 Hope St. — off Hammock Road in Sebring — and stand in silence.
Rev. George Miller wrote in a notice that the show of solidarity won’t pick political sides, be about guns or the Second Amendment,, “but to let our youth know that we support them and we hear them.”
The gathering starts at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday. Miller wants people to come dressed in plain white shirts — no buttons or slogans — to the area just outside their fellowship hall.
On that same day, students from around the country will walk out of school as a response to the school shooting that took place Feb. 14 in Parkland.
“Since it is Race Week, the local schools are on break,” Miller wrote, “but we at Emmanuel UCC want to show our students locally and nationally that we stand in solidarity and support of them; that their voices are being heard.”
For more details, contact Miller at 863-214-4101.