Artprize Mission Project: Unlearn Fear + Hate.

On Sunday, September 10, at 1pm, you are invited to gather with St. John's UCC as we help create a 2017 Artprize installation titled: UNLEARN Fear + Hate, a concept by designers Kurt Ghode and Kremena Todorova. This Fall Kick-Off Mission Project is open to all, so please bring your friends. After our 10am worship service and 11am Fall-Kickoff pork roast cookout, yard games, and pie contest at St. John's United Church of Christ (1934 Bridge St NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504), we will head over to Lion Square (overlooking the Grand River next to the Pearl Street walking bridge downtown) at 1:00pm. Fear, prejudice, and hate are learned behaviors that can be unlearned. You are invited to help us deliver love, compassion, and awareness to our city!

A mosaic-like template of stenciled halos that express Unlearn Fear + Hate in 30 different languages, each of which represents one of the most common languages spoken in Grand Rapids, will transform the railing along the Grand River into a larger half-halo. We will use non-toxic washable spray chalk to transfer the images together. This exhibit will become a visual petition advocating for the need to unlearn fear as individuals stand in front of a halo and share their own images to social media. There will also be a button making station for kids on Sept. 10 at 1pm. Join us! You are always welcome to serve with St. John's UCC.