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STOP the Funeral to hold Unity Revival

By From staff reports
Published in News on June 5, 2012 1:46 PM

The STOP the Funeral Initiative will hold its Unity Revival to encourage resistance to violence on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Word of Faith Center at 289 Buck Swamp Road.

The event comes as preparation for the group's Community Prayer Walk, which will be held July 21.

The theme for this year's event is "A Call to Action: Arresting the Spirit of Murder and Greed." Bishop William Phillips, pastor of Word Faith Center and a covenant partner of the initiative, will speak. Area churches, community groups and leaders, civic organizations and clubs and individual residents concerned about the issue are being invited.

The STOP the funeral initiative has been working for several years to address violence in Goldsboro and Wayne County. In a release, the organization said recent fatal shootings underscore the need to continue a public campaign to make the county a safer place.

The initiative's Second Chance program, which operates in partnership with the Wayne County Day Reporting Center, is proving successful at helping young people find guidance and employment.

The program offers "hope to a community seemingly without hope offering education, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities," said Dr. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP and also a covenant partner.

For more information about the events and the STOP the Funeral initiative, call Francine Smith at the STOP the Funeral Initiative office at 581-9178 ext. 104, or the Rev. William Barber at 394-8137.