Join Bishop Edward Rice at the Annual Unity on Division Gathering, Saturday, September 28, 11am to 3pm, at Tom Watkins Park in Springfield, where he will preach on the theological virtue of Hope (1 Corinthians 13) as part of the opening prayer service at 11am. The prayer service will include a blessing of the Mayor, the Chief of Police, the Sheriff of Greene County, as well as other officials.

There will be free food, music, children's rides and games, along with Gospel music. The purpose of the event, which has drawn thousands of attendees in past years and has over 25 participating congregations, is to bring together in the unity of Christ all those who profess His name, and to bring people of every race and economic class together and break down our fear of the "other."