Theme for walks: “Building a Culture of Life and Defending Religious Liberty”
SEATTLE, SAN FRANCISCO, LOS ANGELES – Over 50 College students are spending their summer walking across America with a group called Crossroads. While the typical college student spends their summer going on vacation or earning money for school – these young people have instead decided to dedicate their entire summer to walk across America. The purpose of these walks is to help build a Culture of Life and with a special added theme of defending religious liberty. Starting simultaneously on May 18th in Seattle, San Francisco & Los Angeles, these 3 cross-country walks will end together in Washington, DC on August 10th with a pro-life rally at the US Capitol Building.
This is the 19th annual summer that Crossroads has sponsored these walks for life. Students from dozens of schools are walking this summer. Also, due to the growing enthusiasm to defend life on an international level, Crossroads has also started sponsoring walks across Canada, Ireland, Spain & Australia.
Over the course of 12 weeks, these walks will pass through 36 states and hundreds of towns and cities. Walking in shifts during the week, each person will walk an average of 1,000 miles by the end of the summer. On the weekends, they stop to peacefully pray at abortion clinics and speak at local churches. By the end of the summer, they will have spoken at over 1,200 religious services, reaching out to hundreds of thousands of Americans at the grass-roots level.
The theme this summer is “Building a Culture of Life and Defending Religious Liberty.” Crossroad’s goal is to raise a better awareness among Americans and encourage others to get active. “We chose the theme of this summer’s walks because we feel like we are at a critical point in the history of our nation” said Jim Nolan, president of Crossroads. “Never before have our rights and freedoms as Christians been under attack as they are now. If we don’t stand up now and draw a line, we will lose these rights and the result will be nothing short of catastrophic for our culture and country” continued Nolan.
“I chose to walk with Crossroads because I feel it is my responsibility to defend the dignity of human life and protect our religious freedom,” said one of the walk leaders, Tyler Cutrer, a recent graduate from Ave Maria University in Florida. “In a society in which life and liberty are being attacked by our government more than ever before, we as Americans have to get involved and stand up for these rights.”
The Crossroad’s mission is to actively spread the pro-life message through these pro-life walks. For the entire summer, these young people wear t-shirts with the words “PRO-LIFE” in large letters across the front, enabling them to catch the attention – and, hopefully, the hearts and minds of others.