Albany County holds interfaith coalition prayer service

Jill Konopka and WNYT Staff
Updated: June 05, 2020 11:57 AM
Created: June 05, 2020 09:41 AM

ALBANY -- Religious leaders gathered in Albany for an interfaith prayer service on justice and healing Thursday.

The Times Union Center hosted the event. The broadcast was streamed on Facebook and on televisions outside of the Times Union Center.


“The purpose is of being bridge builders oh God, and eradicating hatred and racism from our city, from our state, from our nation,” Pastor David Traynham said.

The event followed Albany County Executive Dan McCoy’s daily coronavirus briefing.

"Who better to get together to help us heal. To help us get through this. The only way we are going to get through this is coming together as a community and respecting one another,” County Executive McCoy said.

Leaders of the faith based community socially distancing themselves, but united in message.

"Let there be an anthem of harmony that resounds through all human hearts” Reverend Dr. Roxanne Jones Booth expressed.

"I’m not so sure that all white men talking about black issues is always helpful, but here I am,” Reverend Jim Kane of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany said.

The event came after peaceful protests were followed by violent riots and looting in the city of Albany.

“One of the things we need to remember is the education of White America needs to be something we talk about in the context of what is happening today, in the context of what we are seeing,” Mayor Sheehan explained.

To hear more about the interfaith service, click on Jill Konopka’s report.

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