Rome branch of NAACP to host virtual night of healing with Tuesday event

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ROME — The Rome Branch of the NAACP will host a virtual night of healing called “Bringing People Together Through Faith” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 30.

The event will feature prayers and words of hope and healing from faith leaders of various traditions and a panel discussion on how we are processing these days through the lens of our faith and what role we see our traditions playing in shaping the days ahead, according to an announcement.

“It’s no secret that 2020 has been a tough year so far. COVID-19 has upended the world,” the announcement said, adding that “protests have erupted over the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and more. We have seen political division and we move toward the 2020 elections. Intolerance continues to grow against various religions.”

“We get angry. We get discouraged. We get fearful. We take to the streets. We take to our social media feeds. We take cover in our homes. However, we also need time to mourn, to lament, to process the hard feelings inside of us,” the announcement added.

“Our religious traditions have informed us in the ways of lament. Lament can lead us to healing,” the NAACP statement continued.

Among the faith leaders on the event panel include: Pastor Brian Lothridge, Rome First and Delta United Methodist Churches; Pastor Samuel Pandergrast, Rome First Presbyterian Church; and Pastor Letta Palmer, Rome First Baptist Church; Imam Amsel Memic, Bosnian Islamic Association of Utica; Pastor James Richardson, Kingdom Harvest Apostolic Church, Rome; and Rabbi Peter Schacktman, Temple Emanu-El in Utica.

For more information, contact the NAACP at naacpromeny@gmail.com or visit its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/naacprome.nybranch.3.

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