National Council of Churches
An ebullient church service on May 24 intended to "reclaim the integrity of faith during political and moral crisis" segued into a silent candlelight procession through the capital city's downtown streets before ending in prayer and song about 90 minutes later opposite the White House.
They began marching just after dawn from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, 50 years to the day after the civil rights leader was assassinated.
The council plans to launch "a multi-year, racial justice truth-telling initiative" on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
Federal budget: A $1.1 trillion spending bill has maintained or increased funding for some of the ecumenical group's priorities, keeping poverty and hunger in the conversation -- for now.