Methodist University recently hosted a prayer service of lament and hope. The service was designed to recognize grief and suffering related to both the global coronavirus pandemic and the death of George Floyd and others who have died from the effects of systemic racism.
"We come together to offer prayers of lament and grief," said University Chaplain Rev. Kelli W. Taylor, who led the service. "We also come together to offer words of hope. We are a people of faith, based in the virtues of love, justice and truth.”
Campus Police Officer Lester Lowe read words of lament from Psalm 42 and Lynetta Allen- Geddie, director of Health Services, offered words of reflection.
Rev. Dr. William Walker, vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students, read through a recent list of victims who suffered at the hands of systemic racism and offered a prayer of lament and hope for racial justice.
“It was an honor to offer prayer at Methodist University's Prayer Gathering of Lament and Hope today,” Walker said Walker. “The service signifies the University's commitment to racial dialogue, understanding and healing. I look forward to our future work in this area.”