VIDEO: Clergy discuss prayer event/support for public ed
A prayer event was held Thursday at the State Capitol as numerous Oklahoma clergy leaders offered prayers and support for public school teachers and public education.
In the following videos, the religious leaders share their thoughts about why they felt it was important to give a visible show of support as the teacher walkout entered Day 4.
The Rev. Lori Walke, associate minister at Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, talked about the Clergy Day of Prayer and the significance of the faith-based community showing its support for teachers.
The Rev. Clark Frailey, senior pastor of Coffee Creek Church in Edmond, discussed his thoughts on the faith community supporting Oklahoma teachers
The Rev. Chris Shorow, senior minister of First Christian Church of Edmond (Disciples of Christ) discussed his reasons for attending the prayer event, which was held on the fourth floor rotunda at the Capitol.
This video includes the prayer event in its entirety. The first speaker is the Rev. Clark Frailey, senior pastor of Coffee Creek Church in Edmond. He is followed by the Rev. Mitch Randall, executive director of EthicsDaily.com and former senior minister of NorthHaven Church in Norman. The Rev. Lori Walke, associate pastor of Mayflower Congregational Church UCC, offers a blessing for teachers and support staff, while the Rev. Todd Littleton and the Rev. Tiffany Monroe lead the crowd in a community litany. The clergy leaders ended the gathering by leading the crowd in singing "This Little Light of Mine."
Rabbi Vered Harris, spiritual leader of Temple B'nai Israel, was inspired by a sign held by Moore student Hailey Lee Hinson who attended the teachers' rally. with her mother, Ashley, a teacher at Santa Fe Elementary School in Moore. Harris talked about why Hailey's sign encapsulates her reasons for adding her support to public school teachers and public education.