Written By: Mennonite Church USA
On Aug. 7, Reverend Al Taylor of Infinity Mennonite Church in Harlem, New York, headed west, on foot, towards Paterson, New Jersey. It’s a 20-mile trek from his starting point in Manhattan, but just the first leg of a 34-day prayer walk from New York City to Chicago.
Taylor’s project, called “It’s a Love Thing,” will span seven states and 780 miles, aiming to offer a message of hope and unity and catalyze change in troubled times.
“This is a walk about what can happen,” says Taylor. Amidst differences and in the face of violence and unrest, he insists, “we can walk arm-in-arm.”’
Taylor hopes to carry — and to encounter — God’s spirit of love across hundreds of miles of American streets. Although he still doesn’t know where he’ll sleep, whom he’ll meet, and what kind of support he’ll receive along the way, he has already found reasons to be hopeful.
Taylor plans to post about his journey on Twitter (@alovething247), Instagram (alovething247) and Facebook (itsalovethingalways). Donations to “It’s A Love Thing” can be made via the project’s website, http://www.itsalovethingprayerwalk.com/.