BALTIMORE, Md. (April 26, 2015)—Baltimore’s clergy is issuing a call for peace in future protests after the violence and looting on Saturday evening.

In a statement, they said:

“From the days of our nation’s earliest civil rights sit-ins, Baltimore has a long tradition of peaceful and respectful demonstrations. Together, as leaders of different faiths in our city, we join Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and call for our citizens to honor and continue that history as we pray for the family of Freddie Gray.”

It was signed by:

• Rev. Dr. Frank M. Reid, III, Bethel AME
• Rev. Dr. Todd Yeary, Douglas Memorial Community Church
• Bishop Denis J. Madden, Archdiocese of Baltimore
• Bishop Marcus Matthews, Resident Bishop, Baltimore-Washington Conference of United Methodist Church
• Rev. Dr. Jamal H. Bryant, Empowerment Temple AME Church
• Bishop Walter Scott Thomas, New Psalmist Baptist Church
• Rev. Dr. Harold A. Carter, New Shiloh Baptist Church
• Minister Carlos Muhammad, Muhammad Mosque Number Six
• Rev. Dr. Donte Hickman, Southern Baptist Church
• Rev. Dr. Harlie Wilson, II, Israel Baptist Church
• Rev. Dr. Darron D, McKinney, Sr., Macedonia Baptist Church of Baltimore City
• Pastor Ben Barnwell, New Creation Church of Jesus Christ
• Rev. Dr. Cleveland Mason, Perkins Square Baptist Church
• Bishop Willard E. Saunders Sr., Created For So Much More Worship Center
• Bishop James Nelson, Destiny Christian Church
• Bishop Michael McDermott, Life Source International Church
• Rev. Dr. Lester McCorn, Pennsylvania Avenue AME Zion Church
• Rev. Dr. Alvin C. Hathaway, Sr.,Union Baptist Church
• Rabbi Andrew Busch, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation
• Pastor Carl Pierce, Carter Memorial Church of God in Christ
• Bishop Marcus Johnson, New Harvest Ministries
• Bishop Angel Nunez, Bilingual Christian Church
• Rev. Charles Baugh, Waters AME Church
• Rev. Dr. Toni Draper, Freedom Temple AME Zion

***It is important to note that the above names represent clergy leaders who have signed on to this statement as of 10:30 am. The list is expected to continue to grow.

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