At the Lakewood City Council study session on the city’s budget, Mayor Todd Rogers asked for a moment of silence in the memory of George Floyd, who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.
Mayor Rogers also announced that he had reached out to several pastors in Lakewood about organizing a Pastors Council that would partner with the City Council in providing opportunities for community dialogue and action.
The overarching goal would be to strengthen existing partnerships in Lakewood and create new ones, while collaboratively addressing ways to enhance race relations, maintain a community-based policing model, and provide an ongoing forum to provide perspectives on racial injustice and other issues.
City Council Members unanimously and enthusiastically spoke out in favor of the idea.
Rogers said his hope was that pastors from throughout Lakewood would be part of the Pastors Council, and that the Pastors Council would then help to facilitate dialogue with the broader Lakewood community.
Pastor Kevin Johnson said that he was very happy to hear about the community dialogue. Johnson is a Lakewood resident who heads up Strength Church in Lakewood.
“I am a big believer in starting the healing and social improvement process at the local level,” said Johnson. “That’s where people can know, see and relate to each other best.”
Reverend Olu Harding, Senior Pastor of Lakewood First United Methodist Church, said “This forum can draw participants from many parts of the community together, to exchange information, share personal stories and experiences, and build bridges along racial lines.”
Please stay tuned for more details on the Lakewood Community Dialogue.
This article was released by the City of Lakewood.