The spirit of World Humanitarian Day, Aug. 19, is alive in Ferguson, Missouri. Generations United applauds the church leaders, who, in the days following the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, teamed up and are now acting as neighborhood peacemakers.
For decades, these intergenerational institutions helped reaffirm each community member’s value, despite their age and other differences.
In her article for the United Methodist Church of Nashville, Heather Hahn reported on the church leader’s efforts:
When unrest led the Ferguson-Florissant School District to cancel classes, the church welcomed children with educational games and healthy food so parents could work without scrambling for childcare Friday. Members of other area United Methodist churches volunteered to help, and the Missouri Annual (regional) Conference provided financial support for the church’s outreach this week.
In partnership with the Association of Black Psychologists, Ferguson’s Wellspring Church is offering community members prayers and counselling.
These humanitarian efforts show the power of all ages…because we’re stronger together.