Praying Away Violence in Trinidad
Violence in Trinidad is being fought on all fronts. First Police Chief Cathy Lanier instituted checkpoints, restricting who could enter parts of the neighborhood. Then Ronald Moten and the Peaceoholics declared the burial of the "myth of snitching," encouraging residents of the community to be more willing to speak against criminal activity. Now church leaders in Trinidad are declaring a month-long Prayer War Against Violence. Combat starts tomorrow.
"Prayer can be very strategic," said Dr. Carla Bowens, an official with the New Samaritan Baptist Church. "What [church groups] are doing is they are coming together. They're declaring war against the violence in Trinidad."
The neighborhood has been roiled by 24 homicides so far this year, most recently one extraordinarly violent night July 18, when at least six people were shot and a 13-year-old boy was killed.
Processions tomorrow from the New Samaritan Baptist Church and the Bethesda Baptist Church will reach the Trinidad Recreation Center at 7:30 p.m., where they will hold a joint prayer service with other church groups from the community. Prayer will continue throughout the month, Bowens said.
"It's just something that says we are not going to sit here in church and the community and do nothing," she said.
July 29, 2008; 3:12 PM ET
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