A week after the attack in Buffalo, a church in Montgomery Co. prays for healing

The church welcomed Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin from Montgomery County to the pulpit, where he shared the importance of fighting racism and extremism with the congregation.

The Rockville Seventh-day Adventist Church joins in prayer after the shooting deaths of 10 black people in Buffalo, New York. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)

As Buffalo marked a week since the shooting of 10 black people with somber moments of silence, a church in Rockville prayed for racial healing across the country.

Pastor Gamal Alexander led the Rockville Seventh-day Adventist Church in prayer.



“I believe we can agree that after such a tragedy, our country needs healing, whatever your political leanings, whatever your ideology…when you see this level of pain, it should make you pray for God’s healing,” Alexander said.

The church welcomed Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin from Montgomery County to the pulpit, where he shared the importance of fighting racism and extremism with the congregation.

“People of good conscience must show courage, resolve and devotion and stand up…people across the country are coming together in mourning and prayer for the 10 souls lost in Buffalo at the hands of this national terrorist,” Raskin said.

Raskin also condemned the racist ideology that police say fueled the attack.

“We have to confront the evil of this ‘white replacement theory’ that this 18-year-old shooter has been pointed at,” he said.

Raskin also renewed his call for universal background checks on gun buyers.

To help Buffalo residents in times of need, congregants have also been asked to contribute to Seventh-day Adventist Services in Buffalo, which helps feed the hungry.

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