(Long Island, NY) Islip Town Clergy from Different Houses of Worship Call on Residents to Join In a Community Prayer Summit on Saturday, September 15, 2012, at Roberto Clemente Park, Brentwood.
With all the many blessings we have from living in the Town of Islip, a coalition of religious leaders of diverse faiths want to take the time to pray with our communities and for those who lead us. In the face of tremendous deterioration of our quality of life including mounting unemployment, increasing poverty, crime, and gang activity, this collective of clergy has concluded that there will be no impact without a healthy community of faith.
Our communities are in a state of emergency, and their plight grows worse and worse. This has drawn the attention of concerned individuals, churches and organizations around Islip town. “The issues in the forefront are many. Great strides have been made in the past, but these past strides cannot sustain us in our present crisis. Today, we deal with pathological situations in which human life has little to no value in many of our communities” said Rev. Roderick Pearson, President Islip Branch NAACP.
“This day will be a great opportunity for us and our communities to unite in recognition of our incredible need for God, an excellent opportunity to lift up our Town and its leaders in prayer” says Marvin Lozano, President of the Association of Pastors of Long Island, “when faith leaders stand together, it is an important step towards making Islip Town a place where all people can live in peace.”
The power of prayer will be used to highlight the positive impact that people can have when they are united. Leaders of diverse faiths will lead prayers for the peace and prosperity of the town. The location for this event has been the site of gang violence in the past, and the clergy have chosen it for this reason, to spread the message of peace and unity despite our differences in faith, race and ethnicity.
The goal for the summit is simple; we want to see our community transformed by the power of prayer. We want to involve our families and friends to take part in this prayer summit, and we want to let them know that those who serve them care even after they leave the church.
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