JAMESTOWN – Several local religious leaders will be holding a prayer session with law enforcement and government officials on Friday seeking guidance following the killing of George Floyd.
Reverend Lee Croft Clark, in an interview with WNYNewsNow, says faith leaders are seeking to keep the conversation going in hope of sparking change within law enforcement.
“The focus is not so much to have a protest or gathering and then we are done. What we are striving for is to have a mutual, beneficial resolution, and the only way to get that is to pray,” explained Rev. Clark. “So, we are seeking the Lord, the pastors in town have decided that we (should) come together and seek God for such a resolution.”
He says following the prayer Friday, he believes that God will give those in attendance a task to help find a resolution to provide equal civil rights to all.
“God created us all as human, we may be black, white, brown, but the very core of who we are is human,” said Rev. Clark. “We may come from different backgrounds, different challenges that may be in our life, some of us may be more privileged than others, but at the end of the day we are all human.”
The Reverend says the conversation will focus on four primary aspects: repentance, justice, forgiveness, and reconciliation.
“The human aspect is what’s lost in the whole equation; therefore, we are trying to bring that back from the redemptive grace of God’s perspective,” explained Rev. Clark.
On Sunday, community members spoke directly with local law enforcement during a Black Lives Matter Rally at Jamestown’s Dow Park. At the end of the rally, those in attendance knelt in prayer, thanking god for the ability to gather together as a community peacefully calling for change.
Friday’s prayer is scheduled to take place at noon at Jackson-Taylor Park, formerly Chadakoin Park.