By Sarah Jones
Four days a week in Warren, Mich., volunteers pray with local residents. But the prayers aren’t happening at a church. Instead, they’re taking place in city hall, at a “prayer station” established for exactly this purpose.
Originally created by members of the Tabernacle Church, a local Pentecostal denomination, Warren’s “prayer station” endured with little controversy for years. In 2009, volunteers explained their mission to the Los AngelesTimes.
“It’s sad to realize that people have to get so low before they find their faith,” one said, adding, “And it’s sad to see how far we’ve fallen.”
Tabernacle’s pastor, Darius Walden, told the Times, “We figured out pretty fast that people had lost faith in the auto industry, and lost faith in the state. But they still were reaching for something to believe in.”
A 2012 Washington Post article referred to the station’s volunteers as “God’s receptionists” and credited the city with an “unusual openness to mingling church and state.”
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