Wilmington religious leaders urge congregations to get vaccinated
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Governor Roy Cooper recently called on religious leaders across the state to help reach those not yet vaccinated against COVID-19.
A group of these leaders, called Wilmington Faith Leaders United, have come together to encourage their congregations to receive the vaccine.
Since the start of the pandemic, it has prevented many people from attending worship services in person.
“I know we have a lot of people for whom they like to be able to zoom in and be able to be together,” says Rabbi Emily Losben-Ostrov of the Temple of Israel. “But they’re just suffering and really lacking that sense of community.”
These leaders are of all religious backgrounds in Southeast North Carolina and send the same message. That getting vaccinated helps protect those around us.
“This is not a new idea, and it amazes people how much this relationship we have with God is not about ourselves … but how we treat others,” said Pastor Jonathan Conrad. of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.
They say if other religious leaders want to join them in the movement, they can contact Wilmington Faith Leaders United.
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