Town of Islip religious leaders will gather in a Brentwood park Saturday afternoon and unite in prayer to lift the spirits of residents battling unemployment, poverty, crime, and gang activity, officials said.
Religious leaders from different faiths—Christian, Jewish and Muslim—will pray with community leaders at Roberto Clemente Park starting at noon with the hope of bringing together the community through faith.
“This day will be a great opportunity for us and our communities to unite in recognition of our incredible need for God, an excellent opportunity to lift up our Town and its leaders in prayer,” Marvin Lozano, president of the Association of Pastors of Long Island said in a news release. “When faith leaders stand together, it is an important step towards making Islip Town a place where all people can live in peace.”
Groups will use prayer to “highlight the positive impact that people can have when they are united,” religious leaders said. Local clergy said the site of the prayer summit is significant because it has been impacted by gang violence in the past.
“The goal for the summit is simple; we want to see our community transformed by the power of prayer,” the news release reads. “We want to involve our families and friends to take part in this prayer summit, and we want to let them know that those who serve them care even after they leave the church.”