Rev. Michael Woolf Speaks at Evanston “Service of Lament”
A Service of Lament was held in downtown Evanston Sunday, August 30, in response to last week’s incident in Kenosha, Wisconsin, during which Jacob Blake, who grew up in Evanston, was shot by a police officer. The service was organized by Second Baptist Church and Ebenezer AME Church in Evanston, where Blake’s grandfather, also named Jacob Blake, was a pastor.
Faith leaders who spoke included the Rev. Deborah Scott, current pastor at Ebenezer AME, Second Baptist Church’s Rev. Michael Nabors, the Rev. Martha Holmes, pastor at Bethany Baptist Church, Rabbi Andrea London, of Beth Emet The Free Synagogue, and Rev. Michael Woolf of Lake Street Church of Evanston.
Rev. Woolf told the crowd that as a man of faith he also gets tired of praying the same prayers over and over again for an end to police brutality and violence. “We must show resilience,” he said. “We must dig down deep within ourselves to find ways that all can flourish that all can share in this dream, … that Black folks can feel safe in America.”
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