Thousands Gather in Memphis for Counter-Event to Atheist Convention

Amanda Casanova | Contributor | Monday, April 13, 2015

Thousands Gather in Memphis for Counter-Event to Atheist Convention

In response to an atheist convention in Memphis, Tenn., thousands of Christians gathered in the city to pray and worship.

The group, American Atheists, was hosting their four-day national convention April 2-5. The convention featured Lucien Greaves, of the New York-based Satanic Temple and a screening of the show, “God’s Not Dead,” presented with live comedic commentary from Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu.

“The idea is that people assume that everybody in Memphis is a Christian. But, there are a lot of atheists here and these atheists feel oppressed by the Christian majority,” said President David Silverman, of American Atheists.

About 4,000 Christians gathered at the AutoZone Park for worship, reading and prayer, Christian News Network reports.

“There has never been an event like it in the city,” Jan Winterburn, one of the event facilitators, told Charisma News. “It was incredible. We all entered into to worship and prayer—whether the choirs or speakers were African-American, Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian or born again Jews.”

“This was about the Lord Jesus being exalted and the members of His body coming together under His Headship,” Winterburn said.

The group did not confront the atheists.

“Our hope and deep desire is that there will be a great move of the Holy Spirit that utterly transforms the Church and our community and brings many souls to the Lord Jesus,” an invitation letter stated.

Publication date: April 13, 2015