University Baptist hosts prayer vigil for peace

University Baptist hosts prayer vigil for peace

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Members of Hattiesburg's University Baptist Church hosted a special service Wednesday night.

An interfaith prayer vigil brought together members of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities to pray for peace and reconciliation in the country.

Organizers said it was important to bring the faith community together after the shootings of two African-American men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota and the murders of five police officers in Dallas.

"We felt it was important to be a part of calling our community together across some of the barriers that sometimes divide us and simply to come together, to pray together," said Rusty Edwards, pastor of University Baptist Church.

"We're hoping that we can affect change in people's lives, so instead of having these horrible activities going on, this death, this destruction, these murders, that we can work together as a community, that's our goal," said Victoria Sizemore Baldwin, pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church and St. John United Methodist Church.

About one dozen different faith leaders offered prayers during the service.