A high-profile public church service and candlelight march to draw attention to racism will take place in central Durban on the eve of the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR).

Organised by the Diakonia Council of Churches at the request of the South African Council of Churches, the inter-denominational church service will take place at 5pm in the Methodist Central City Mission on the corner of Aliwal and Smith Streets. All members of the public are invited to attend.

A candlelight procession to the Durban City Hall will draw public attention to the issues and impact of racism on all levels of society. A public act of commitment to end racism will be read by participants.

Top speakers, prominent national and provincial church leaders and other influential public figures will take part in the service. Cardinal Wilfrid Napier will welcome all participants, Anglican Bishop Rubin Phillip will preach the sermon and Methodist Presiding Bishop Mvume-Dandala will lead a confession. Refreshments will be provided before the service.

The Service has been timed to coincide with the both the start of the WCAR (1-7 September 2001) at the International Conference Centre, as well as the conclusion of the World NGO Forum on Racism, which ends on 1 September 2001. International delegates from both conferences are expected to attend as well as representatives from several Durban churches.

For further information, please contact Paddy Kearney (Director) or Sheelagh Antrobus (Public Relations) at the Diakonia Council of Churches :
Tel. (+31) 310 35 00
Fax: (+31) 310 35 02

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