Faith leaders in Northeast Ohio honor those lost to COVID-19
Faith leaders in Northeast Ohio honor those lost to COVID-19

Faith leaders in Northeast Ohio honor those lost to COVID-19

People from all faiths were encouraged to meet and remember those who died of coronavirus, as well as celebrate those who survived.

CLEVELAND – A sanctuary is intended to be a place of refuge or safety.

For two years, many people’s homes became their sanctuary when they almost worshiped. Now as they return to worship, they take refuge in each other, able to mourn together.

“We’ve lost more in the last two years [that] probably collectively for the last 40 years I have been here in this church, “said Dr. Larry L. Macon Sr., senior pastor of Mt. Zion Church in Oakwood Village.

Macon has a flock of about 5,000 members on Mt. Zion. When they return, several are missing, lost due to COVID-19.

also missing? The closing of a funeral. Many tried to cope with the death of a loved one alone.

“A lot of people are still stuck in stages of grief,” Macon explained. “There are still people who are angry about losing their loved ones, the family is still lonely and going through struggles.”

On Tuesday night, people of all faiths can find refuge in Unity at the Music Hall in Cleveland, with a service and guard hosting the area’s faith leaders. It is not only to mourn those who have been lost, but to celebrate those who won and a society that still stands two years later.

“One of my friends had COVID and she was in the hospital for over a month on a respirator,” Mt. Zion’s parishioner Shirley Clayborne. “She came out of it and the doctors looked at her and said, ‘You are a miracle.'”

The service starts at 19 from the Public Auditorium.

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