(CBS) – A number of churches are planning peaceful protests on Sunday in response to the death of unarmed black suspects in police confrontations across the U.S.
CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports on the variety of responses from the religious community.
Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Parish and other religious leaders have suggested churches demonstrate their feelings by getting outside the “four walls” of their places of worship.
At Soul City Church in the West Loop will begin marching at 2 p.m. following a special service.
“We’re going to take a moment to hold hands and pray together, to look each other in the eyes and affirm that your life matters, black lives matter,” Rev. Jarrett Stevens says.
A prayer for protesters is also on the Sunday program at Greater St. John Baptist Church in Austin.
“Once service is over we want everybody to walk out with their hands in the air chanting, ‘Hands up, hands up, don’t shoot. Black life matters,’” says Rev. Ira Acree.
But one religious leader is planning on a more subtle approach.
Pastor Corey Brooks spent three months on a rooftop to protest violence in his community and gained national attention.
“I learned that protest without policy keeps us in the same position,” Brooks says.
He says he will encourage his congregation to stay seated and fight for new policies.
“Community policing, community engagement,” Brooks says.
This Sunday at the Apostolic Church of God in Chicago’s Woodlawn Community, parishioners are being asked to wear red and white in support of protesters. The Sunday worship will be broadcast to 40,000 viewers.
On the West Side, parishioners from nine churches will gather at the corner of Madison and Pulaski at 12:30 p.m. for a peaceful protest.