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Interfaith group of religious leaders to hold prayer vigil
in support of preserving the Tower District as an LGTBQ+ safe space
Thursday, March 11 at 4 p.m.

What: Prayer vigil in support of preserving the Tower District as an LBGTQ+ safe space

Who: An interfaith community group of Fresno religious leaders and the Save the Tower Theatre Demonstration Committee

When: Thursday, March 11, at 4 p.m.

Where: Northeast corner of Olive and Wishon, across from the Tower Theatre

An interfaith group of Fresno religious leaders, in a joint effort with the Save the Tower Theatre Demonstration Committee, will hold a prayer vigil in support of preserving the Tower District as a welcoming LGBTQ+ safe community on Thursday, March 11, at 4 p.m. at the northeast corner of Olive and Wishon.

The centerpiece of the prayer vigil will be the reading of a statement calling for the preservation of the Tower District as a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community, signed by over 20 religious leaders from Valley churches and people of faith. (See below for full text.)

“This will be a time to join together to acknowledge the present pain, pray for healing, and pray for the flourishing of the whole Tower community,” said Rev. Raygan Baker of The Big Red Church (First Congregational Church of Fresno, United Church of Christ).

“Our prayer is that the Tower District would be a place where businesses, community groups, faith communities, families, and individuals would flourish. We believe that God’s love and liberation has been present amongst the hospitality that has been historically found in the Tower and we long for that love and liberation to continue to grow,” said Rev. Simon Biasell of Woven Community Church.

“This will not be a demonstration, but simply a prayer for peace and mutual understanding in a difficult time for our community,” said Kaitlyn Nichols, a member of the Save the Tower Theatre Committee.

The event will also feature speakers from a number of different religious congregations and faith.

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