Faith-based leaders challenge everyone to love a little more


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Local faith leaders say this world needs more love. So far this year, our country’s experienced the opposite and hot-button issues continue to divide people.

A little over a week ago in Orlando, 49 people died and another 50 were injured in America’s largest mass shooting. In March, North Carolina’s HB2 became national news. For months, people have been expressing political concerns and criticisms in this year’s presidential election.

Those are just some of the issues impacting the state, as well as the country. According to an Elon poll, around 70-percent of people think the country is on the wrong track.

58-percent of people say the same thing about North Carolina.

Faith leaders 9 On Your Side spoke to said there’s one thing everyone can do to get America back on track. On Tuesday, close to 100 clergies from different backgrounds, black, white, Catholic and Pentecostal all came together to better themselves.

Those in attendance said with everything going on currently, there needs to be more conferences just like this.

Faith leaders say it’s simple.

“To love one another,” said Reverend Eve Rogers, of New Dimensions Community Church.

The answer to all the world’s problems comes in the form of one word, love. It’s what clergy from the area say everyone needs more of.

“The biggest problem I think is a cultural shift away from who god is,” added Reverend Dr. Better Lovelace-Ross, a speaker at the conference.

With so much tragedy in the news and so much controversy, leaders say conferences and events that bring people together need to be a priority.

“We have to be refreshed so that we can continue to pour out and help serve others,” said Rogers.

That’s why 97 ministers and reverends with more than 2,000 collective years of experience took time for one another on Tuesday. The goal is to tend the garden and focus on mind, body and soul.

“We wanted to pause of the course of our day and lives even to talk thinking about how we can better take care of ourselves,” Lovelace-Ross said.

Those in attendance say their job is to serve the community, but they can’t do that if they don’t take care of themselves. “In order to engage in caregiving to others, we have to also engage in giving good care to ourselves,” she continued.

In the midst of everything going on, one reverend wants people to remember. We’re all different and that’s perfectly fine. In fact, it’s the way things are supposed to be.

“We need the passion of people of all different faith traditions. We need the passion and energy of people who see in one another that we are graciously imperfect human beings,” said Reverend Bob Hudak, of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

This is the luncheon’s seventh year. Faith leaders will meet again next year and you’re invited to join them.

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