FORT COVINGTON –– The Fort Covington Presbyterian and Constable United Methodist Churches will host an online meeting Friday at 7 p.m. to talk about the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis, Minn., and the nationwide protesting and unrest that has followed.
The meeting will act as a time for prayer, and promises to be a spiritually-centered gathering rather than a time for political soapboxing, said Howard Cain, pastor of The Fort Covington Presbyterian and Constable United Methodist Churches in an email to The Telegram, who is organizing the event.
“The objective will be to approach our Lord, Jesus Christ, and our Advocate, the Holy Spirit, to oversee this situation and intervene where necessary,“ Cain wrote.
“We believe in a God that is active in our lives,“ he added in a phone call. “This is a situation where we look for that intervention.”
Cain cited conversations with concerned parishioners, the circumstances of Floyd’s death and “general social upheaval“ as reasons for calling the meeting.
The meeting will take place over Zoom, a videochatting platform popularized during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those interested can download the Zoom app on their smatphone or computer and enter with meeting code 894 579 79516 and password 839988. Or participants can call in at 1-929-205-6099 with password 839988.
Following the death of Floyd, an African American man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes, protests have erupted in cities and towns across the U.S. Curfews have also been ordered in some cities, including New York and Rochester, in an effort to curtail rioting that has resulted from protests.
Protests have reached from the nation’s largest cities to Saranac Lake, where hundreds gathered on Tuesday to protest Floyd’s death and police brutality. Protesters in Saranac Lake chanted “Black Lives Matter“ over and over under drizzling, cloudy conditions, reported the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. The protests remained peaceful, with local police quietly patrolling the area. Local officials required that all protesters wear face masks due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The officer who put his knee on Floyd’s neck was fired and has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.