Taking Back Our Neighborhoods: Tear Down the Walls concert

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Several Memphis mega-churches are moving from the suburbs to the heart of the city for a special event Thursday night.  It's called 'Tear Down the Walls,' a musical explosion of rock, gospel and spoken word all designed to help all of us get to know each other!

Stacy Spencer, the dynamic pastor of New Directions Christian Church, will be at the Shell Thursday night:

"I believe that when we come out to the Levitt Shell, there's going to be so much love and unity here, that it will ripple across the city of Memphis," Spencer said in a recent interview.

Rabbi Micah Greenstein of Temple Israel has invited his East Memphis congregation to come to the Shell Thursday night:

"If we're going to walk the talk, we need to be in the heart of the city and spread the message of Tear Down the Walls, which is 'one God means one humanity,' and why not have it at the center of it all?" Greenstein remarked.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for people to get to know each other," Levitt Shell Director Anne Pitts said.

That's why pastors of mega-churches like Craig Strickland of Hope Presbyterian created this event to give Memphians a chance to deepen friendships and create new ones.

"It's a fantastic, high energy time for the community at large to just come together and show some common support by loving each other," Strickland said.

"One of the things we want people to know is that they need to bring a blanket," Levitte Shell Chairman Barry Lichterman added. "This is all lawn seating - music under the stars."

You can bring your own food or buy concessions. Police and extra security guards will be guarding your car and your family so you can celebrate our community.

"I think with the healing that's going to come forth from Tearing Down the Walls, that we're restoring the true meaning of our city for it to be a city of good abode for all people, regardless of race, color or creed," Spencer said. "So this Thursday, I think that's going to happen. We're going to make this a city of good abode."

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