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Faith Leaders Come Together Supporting Lovely Warren

Mayor Lovely Warren's inauguration weekend wrapped up with a community worship service.
Mayor Lovely Warren's inauguration weekend wrapped up with a community worship service Sunday afternoon.

Rochester's faith community is rallying around Mayor Warren, praising and praying for her. Dozens of people packed into Sacred Heart Cathedral for the service.

"Whatever she has, we will try to do it and help and work with her," attendee Monica Brown said.

The faithful believe Lovely can get the job done as mayor with their help.

"We should pray for her. I think it's important that we keep her in their prayers and support her," attendee Yantise Jenkins said.

Warren was visibly moved by the show of support. She says she plans to strengthen the relationship between the city and the faith community.

"This is an important part, I believe, of her administration, knowing that it has the backing of the faith community," Bishop Jeffrey Melvin said.

Local faith leaders are ready to work with Warren to fix Rochester's problems, especially when it comes to violence.

"She knows about it, she's not just talking about it," Melvin said. "She's not looking at a statistic on a paper, she is a part of the community and that makes a huge difference when it comes to my belief."

"We need our churches to come outside the four walls and that means we need them to be reaching out to the community, talking to our young people, talking to the people that are out there and giving them opportunities," Warren said. "This is about our future."

Warren says she plans to set up a committee of interfaith leaders. In the meantime, they say they will continue to pray for her.


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