Community prayer breakfast to kick off week of WFU presidential inauguration events
By Jacob McConnico
As part of the week-long events celebrating the inauguration of Wake Forest University's 13th President Nathan O. Hatch, the Wake Forest Divinity School and the University Chaplain's office will hold a community prayer breakfast and a community prayer service Oct. 18 at Union Baptist Church, 1200 N. Trade St.
The community prayer service, which will feature a keynote address from Maya Angelou, Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest, is free and open to the public and will be held in the sanctuary of the church at 8:15 a.m. A community prayer breakfast, scheduled for 7:15 a.m. in the church's Fellowship Hall, Room 201, is an invitation-only event.
In addition to Angelou, the prayer service will feature a welcome from the Rev. Dr. Sir Walter Lee Mack Jr., pastor of Union Baptist Church; an opening word from Bill J. Leonard, dean of the Wake Forest Divinity School; and comments from Geneva Brown, a member of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education and a congregant of First Baptist Church.
Imam Khalid Griggs, the imam of the Community Mosque of Winston-Salem; the Rev. Dr. Wayde Goodall, pastor of First Assembly of God; Ann Brenner, university trustee emerita and member of Temple Emanuel Congregation; and the Rev. Jennie Leake Hemrick, pastor of Hills and Pine Ridge Presbyterian Churches are all scheduled to participate in the prayer service.
Hatch will also speak during the service, and University Chaplain Tim Auman will provide concluding comments. Both the prayer breakfast and the prayer service are sponsored by the Wake Forest Divinity School and the University Chaplain's office.
Wake Forest Divinity School Dean Bill J. Leonard said the prayer breakfast and prayer service are part of an ongoing effort to extend the university's work into the local community through faith communities. All Divinity School students work in internships in community agencies or congregations in the local community.
"We already have a network in place that is very valuable to us and from which our students benefit greatly," Leonard said. "We wanted to extend that network to Dr. Hatch at the beginning of his tenure. We think it is extremely important for him to develop these connections as early as possible."