Gray reaches out to D.C. ministers
A week before he is expected to win his bid for mayor, Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, the Democratic nominee for mayor in the Nov. 2 election, is hosting a lunch for ministers and other members of the faith-based community in his effort to create what he calls "One City."
Gray, 67 and Catholic, invited to clergy to join him Tuesday at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church for the lunch. Gray, who won a highly polarized primary against incumbent Adrian M. Fenty, has spent the past month holding Town Halls around the city. "I firmly believe the Faith Based Community of our Nation's Capital has a valuable role to play in healing our city and bridging existing divisions," Gray said in the invitation.
Fenty, who says he is a Christian, was criticized during his administration for weakening religious affairs. Gray has promised to revive an office that would serve as a liaison between government and the faith-based community.
Here is the invitation:
October 21, 2010
Dear Pastor and Faith Community Leader,
It is with a very humble and grateful heart that I reach out to you on the heels of having been blessed to win the Democratic Primary Election for Mayor of the District of Columbia on September 14, 2010. I do not take lightly the generous spiritual support and tremendous encouragement that I have received from many of you in the Faith Community. Indeed, I am excited about the prospects of serving the people of our Nation's Capital as its next Mayor if elected on November 2, 2010. Yet, as I have noted in recent Town Hall Meetings, there is much work to be done to create "One City."
We all honestly recognize, through the election results, that there are geographic, economic and racial divisions in our city. I fervently believe that we have the ability to bridge these divisions and truly create "One City" where all are empowered to prosper and no one who wants to move forward to a better quality of life is excluded from doing so.
I firmly believe the Faith Based Community of our Nation's Capital has a valuable role to play in healing our city and bridging existing divisions.
So, I solicit your heartfelt healing and holistic help. Once again, I am reaching out to faith leaders of all denominations, so that we are representative of our entire city. Please join us in that endeavor.
If elected on November 2nd I faithfully pledge to be a Mayor who listens to the heart and concerns of our Faith Community Leaders and to the best of our collective ability, develop progressive reforms that move our City forward.
Toward that end, I sincerely seek to meet with as diverse a group of Faith Community Leaders as possible for lunch on
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 from 1 to 3 p.m. at: Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church 3401 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016 Rev. Dr. Charles Parker, Pastor
In closing, if you supported Mayor Fenty in the Primary, please know that I especially look forward to meeting with you where I can hear directly from you regarding your concerns, hopes and issues of importance allowing me to expand on my vision for the City with you. Our collective dialogue can lead to constructive action that will help facilitate my vision of "One City", ultimately blessing all the people of our beloved city.
Washington Post Editors
| October 23, 2010; 12:05 PM ET
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