Faith Groups Respond to Ferguson with Prayer Vigils, Marches, and Special Services

ferguson-missouri-NEWS-sm2Amid ongoing tensions in Ferguson, Missouri, faith leaders continued to pray for peace and call for justice. Local clergy have tried to maintain calm after the fatal shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager, Michael Brown, sparked two weeks of protests and sometimes violent confrontations with police. Interfaith groups have sponsored peaceful marches and prayer vigils in Ferguson urging an expedited grand jury hearing as well as long-term changes in police procedures. Several churches hosted town hall meetings for community members to air their frustrations. Across the nation, many faith groups are holding special services to show their solidarity with Ferguson.

Watch our conversation on religious responses to Ferguson with Dr. Alton Pollard III, dean of the Howard University School of Divinity, and Dr. Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

  • D. G. Williams

    Law enforcement officers have to be able to defend and protect themselves. They are on the front lines. There are unfortunately people in our world who will kill or hurt a policeman/woman solely because of their jobs. They must be protected; if not then we will all find ourselves being vigilantes and it will be dog eat dog. Sadly there are violent human beings, it can’t be denied. I have been very worried about these people protesting before they even know the facts of the case. I don’t want my pastor protesting in the streets until all facts are known. Where is “innocent until proven guilty”. I fear for the policeman in this particular event because it seems that many have already convicted him.