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Posted on: April 7, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Mayor Joines Hosting Interfaith Hour of Prayer

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Office of the Mayor
April 7, 2020

Mayor Allen Joines will host a non-denominational hour of prayer and inspiration featuring local faith leaders Friday, April 10, at 10 a.m. on the city of Winston-Salem YouTube channel.

Participants will include representatives of a wide variety of faith traditions, including Christian, Jewish, Islam, Hindu, Zen Buddhist and Baha’i. The prayer hour will be conducted online and streamed live on the city’s YouTube Channel. To get to the channel go to and click on the video icon under the search box. 

Joines will issue a proclamation designating the 10 o’clock hour on Friday as “Winston-Salem Forsyth County Citywide Hour of Prayer and Inspiration” and is inviting all religious leaders in the city and county to participate by tuning in or organizing prayer services with their own congregations. 

"COVID-19 does not know race, creed, color or religion," Joines said. "We all are in this together; therefore, like never before, we must stand together to see this devastating pandemic to the end."

Tammy Watson, a local businesswoman, and the Rev. Francine Hash approached Joines about organizing the prayer hour. "At the end of the day," Hash said, "we all believe in a spiritual other, a higher power, so let’s bring us all together and put a cover of prayer over this city."

Watson added, "We need to give hope to people in our community. We have seen the devastating impact this virus has had on our community."

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