Prayer service planned for Tulsa
BY BILL SHERMAN World Religion Writer
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
1/20/09 at 2:48 AM
An interfaith prayer service Tuesday will be part of the Tulsa events celebrating the inauguration of Barack Obama as the first black president of the United States.
The service is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. at Vernon Chapel AME Church, 311 N. Greenwood Ave.
fter the service, participants will leave the church singing, "We Shall Overcome," said Mike Workman, one of the organizers.
They will link arms and cross the street to the Greenwood Cultural Center, where the Tulsa inaugural watch party is set to begin at 9 a.m.
"We're mirroring the inauguration activities on the national level with local events," he said, including the prayer service and ball.
Workman said it is not a coincidence that the activities will be held in the Greenwood area, noting that Tulsa has seen a lot of progress in race relations since the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot.
Prayer service participants include:
Hari Musapeta, Hindu Temple.
Barry Abels and David Bernstein, Jewish Federation of Tulsa.
The Rev. Clarence Boyd, chaplain, Oral Roberts University.
The Rev. Tamara Lebak, All Souls Unitarian Church.
The Rev. Mary McAnally, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
The Rev. Michelle K.T. Moulden, Vernon Chapel AME Church.
The Rev. Leslie Penrose, United Church of Christ.
The Rev. Luis-Carlos Sanchez, United Church of Religious Science.
Allison Moore and Sheik Mohamed Al-Ghobashy, Islamic Society of Tulsa.
Andrea Anderson, Calvary Messianic Congregation.
Bill Sherman 581-8398