Last year, following the marathon tragedies in Boston, Newtown Congregational Church of Newtown, Connecticut hand delivered one thousand peace cranes to Old South Church, "The Church of the Finish Line". The cranes came to Newtown from Pilgrim Christian Church in Chardon, Ohio where a school shooting had taken place in February 2012. Pilgrim Christian Church received them from Saron United Church of Christ in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin whose congregation folded them to mark the 10-year anniversary of September 11th.
Old South Church sends prayers, cranes to Missouri congregation (The Boston Globe, August 18, 2014)
Each crane is a prayer for peace lifted up for us by a community that knows the value of peace. Old South Church now passes them on. On Sunday, August 17, 2014, we blessed these cranes during worship. On August 23rd, the cranes traveled with seminarian Kate Rogers to Missouri. Kate hand delivered the cranes to Christ the King UCC in Florissant, Missouri which has been involved in the community response to the shooting of teen Michael Brown. (Rev. Nancy Taylor's letter to Christ the King UCC)
Old South Church continues peaceful tradition, sending cranes to Missouri congregation (United Church of Christ News, August 18, 2014)
Standing with a Community in Pain (Connecticut Conference UCC, September 3, 2014)
There exists in America an invisible fellowship of those whose lives have been touched by violence, and we have been blessed by the prayers of that fellowship. There is a tender and mighty blessing in these cranes, ready to be sent to another community.