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Clergy issue ‘call to prayer’

To the editor:

In light of recent political events in Virginia and due to our current political climate, we members of Suffolk Clergy United extend a call to prayer for our leaders and fellow citizens.

We urge a call to prayer for us

  • to exercise reason, not reactivity nor rush to judgment, in matters that generate much emotion;
  • to engage in more dialogue among our varied racial groups to talk about our varied experiences. We are at our best when we know people by names, not by labels;
  • to remember the value of present and recent behavior in spite of past mistakes;
  • and, above all, to remember the importance of confession and forgiveness in our faith traditions.

 

Suffolk Clergy United

Rev. Dr. Madelene F. Beard

Rev. Mary Anne Biggs

Rev. Devon Blair

Rev. Dr. Keith Emerson

Rev. Les Ferguson

Rev. Skip Irby

Rev. Charles Leavell

Rev. Dr. Dave Meadors

Rev. Braunda L. Ridley

Rev. Julie Sterling

Bishop Carlton Upton Sr.

Rev. Gillian Weighton

Rev. Matt Winters