Clergy Day of Prayer for Public Ed set for Thursday
Clergy will gather at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 5, at the State Capitol to demonstrate support for Oklahoma's public school teachers.
Religious leaders and people of faith are invited to gather in the fourth-floor rotunda for a time of prayer and blessing for educators and public schools. Clergy are encouraged to wear stoles and collars.
"Pastors all across Oklahoma have been praying for our community public schools as our teachers share their heartbreaking stories of textbooks falling apart, overflowing classrooms, and broken desks,” the Rev. Clark Frailey, pastor of Coffee Creek Church in Edmond, said in a news release.
“Tomorrow, we are leaving our prayer closets and gathering to pray over the very place that has the power to begin to change this story for Oklahoma's kids."
Organizers of the prayer event said they plan to give voice to the moral aspects of this issue in order to broaden the conversation beyond a fiscal-only focus. Hymns and litanies will be offered, as well as prayers for a resolution to the impasse regarding funding for the state’s public schools.
“The Oklahoma education crisis has reached the level of a moral imperative,” the Rev. Mitch Randall of Norman, executive director of EthicsDaily.com, said in a news release. “If lawmakers continue to reject fully funding a free and equitable public education for every child, then this is an affront to our children, an insult to teachers, and a sin against God.”
Posted by Carla Hinton