Oklahoma City pastors hope to find unity through ‘peace marches’

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – In these times of violence, tragedy and uncertainty, a group of Oklahomans continue to come together to find peace in unity.

The recent violence across the country and our state has everyone on edge.

“Yesterday one of our deacons asked one of the other deacons, are you sure this door is locked?” said Pastor Derrick Scobey at Ebenezer Baptist Church. “I mean, it’s a real concern for, I believe, all of us.”

Scobey and his congregation — like the rest of the nation — have been rocked by recent events.

“If we don’t think something is going to happen in the near future, we’re wrong,” Scobey said. “Anyway, it would be better if we had been really nice around the table, if we ate together, walked together, prayed together, served together before that.”

In these uncertain times, he and other local leaders seek peace in unity – organizing “peace walks” throughout Oklahoma City.

“Each walk celebrates the beauty of Oklahoma’s diversity,” said Dr. John-Mark Hart with Christ Community Church in Rancho Village. “So we celebrate our ethnic diversity and try to come together to listen to each other and work together to build a new future for Oklahoma.”

The first of seven peace marches honoring the city’s Hispanic and Latino communities.

Sunday, June 5, they will celebrate the black community and highlight the ongoing challenges they still face in our state.

Future events will focus on groups such as law enforcement, bringing together people from all walks of life.

“We have brought people together for events like this who come from different sides of the political spectrum, from different ethnic backgrounds. And when they start, they think we’re all going to be at odds with each other,” Hart said. “But once they heard each other’s stories, ate together, socialized together, they learned to trust each other.”

Pastor Scobey says he knows this won’t end or solve the problems facing our country, but says it’s a starting point.

“We’re just trying to narrow it down,” Scobey said. “We can’t solve the woes of the world and we can’t even solve all of Oklahoma City’s woes. But we want to do the best we can where we can while we can, because we believe that our God expects us to be peacemakers.

The march will begin at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School on Sunday at 4 p.m. and end at Ebenezer Baptist Church at 6 p.m.
Attendees will also hear from leaders of the civil rights movement as well as exciting things happening on the northeast side of town.

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