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'We are a fractured community': Faith leaders call for action in Kenosha

Posted at 10:22 PM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 23:22:56-04

KENOSHA — Faith leaders in Kenosha gathered Wednesday to pray for healing in the community.

The group of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America church leaders spoke in front of a small crowd on the lawn of Grace Lutheran Church in Kenosha.

Reverend Paul Petersen of St. Mary’s Lutheran Church in Kenosha said “we are a fractured community, fractured by racism and poverty.” He and others called for change in the community, by the community.

“All of us bare some responsibility for the mess we are in” said Bishop Paul Erickson of the Greater Milwaukee Synod.

With prayer and music speakers acknowledged that change will come slowly.

“We have work to do before we can say all lives matter and we are set free to do that work” said Rev. Kara Baylor of Carthage College.

Rainbow PUSH coalition Bishop Tavis Grant said “Kenosha must be different. It must be different than Brooklyn, New York. It must be different than Chicago, it must be different than Atlanta…”

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