SOUT BEND — A week after South Bend appeared in Newsweek Magazine’s list of dying cities, dozens of people gathered in the County City Building to do something about it.
They weren’t there to appeal to the mayor’s office or the Common Council or any other city leader. They went all the way to the top.
“Prayer changes things,” said resident Chelaine Mackey. “That’s the one thing I know. Prayer changes things.”
The Interfaith Christian Union organized what it called "prayer for a dying city.” They described it as an important gesture to show the religious community is dedicated to the growth and wellbeing of the city.
“This is a call to prayer for clergy and the faith-based community to have some input,” said Rev. Sylvester Williams, Jr. “[it will] alleviate some fears, tension, and it will alleviate some uncertainty, provide some balance for our youth to know that there is a future here in South Bend for them.”