STEUBENVILLE – Religious leaders from throughout the city called for unity and peace in a community that is embracing for national attention this week when two Steubenville High School students go on trial facing rape charges in Jefferson County Juvenile Court.
“Some of the media are here listening and waiting to hear something about the rape trial, the shootings and drug activity in our city. We can say the steel mills are long gone. There are shootings and rape. And we can say the last person to leave should turn out the lights. But we can say Lord we don’t have the answer, but Lord you know the answers,” stated Pastor Vaughn Foster of Christ’s Community Church.
“We as a city are in need of God’s hope. And we get that hope by being in God’s presence. We pray that God will invade our city,” Foster added.
GATHERED FOR PRAYER — Clergy members of Faith in the Future gathered Monday night at St. Peter Catholic Church in Steubenville calling for unity and peace in the community. Taking part in the one-hour prayer service were, from left, Pastor Vaughn Foster of Christ’s Community Church, Pastor Gary Hallberg of Word of Life Fellowship, the Rev. Calvin McLoyd of Second Baptist Church, Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton of the Catholic Diocese of Steubenville, the Rev. Ashley Steele of Urban Mission Ministries and the Rev. Richard Davis, TOR, of Franciscan University of Steubenville. – Dave Gossett