WASHINGTON (RNS) — On the morning of Jan. 6, 2021, an interfaith group of religious leaders huddled together in downtown Washington. As they stood in a circle around a Black Lives Matter sign erected just outside Luther Place church, the group mustered a prayerful protest against those descending on the city to dispute the results of the 2020 presidential election.
A few minutes after the faith leaders began their vigil, men wearing Trump-branded gear barged into the middle of their circle and mockingly reenacted the death of George Floyd. It was a sign of things to come: A few hours later, masses of Trump supporters staged an insurrection down the street at the U.S. Capitol.
A year later, some of the same faith leaders reconvened outside Luther Place on Thursday morning (Jan. 6) to remember that day, when their gaggle of faithful was one of the only visible counterdemonstrations in the