Baltimore Pastors Respond to Riots with Prayer, Collaboration with Gang Members
Carrie DedrickReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2015 May 01
Baltimore pastors have responded to the riots that occurred Monday (April 27) with a call to prayer. The riots came after the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old man who died of a spinal injury while in police custody.
Some pastors also met with gang members in an effort to establish peace and a plan to rebuild the community, The Christian Post reports.
Michael Crawford, pastor of Freedom Church in Baltimore urged clergy members to “get on your knees for Baltimore tonight.”
"This is our time to shine,” Crawford said. “We've got to move. We've got to intercede. We've got to stand in the gap for this moment. Don't huddle up and do the Christian thing. Let's pray, and lets get up in the mix."
On Tuesday, the protests quieted, and clergy members met with gangs to brainstorm ways to improve Baltimore.
Rev. Jamal Bryant, who delivered the eulogy at Freddie Gray’s funeral said, "Last night, pastors met with gang leaders so that we could start rebuilding with our community and give some safe haven. To burn down a CVS and burn down a senior community center does not reflect the legacy of Freddie Gray or the movement that we've been a part of this week."
Publication date: May 1, 2015