Patrick Cannon scandal prompts faith service for Charlotte’s healing

It’s been a rough week or so for Charlotte, with former Mayor Patrick Cannon’s arrest on corruption charges and the kind of unflattering national media attention that can darken a city’s image and sap its spirit.

Mecklenburg Ministries is responding to the communal feelings of disappointment, anger and confusion by hosting an interfaith healing service Sunday night.

The free event begins at 7 p.m. at Park Road Baptist Church, 3900 Park Road.

The 45-minute service will feature music, prayer and reflections from clergy.

The main speaker at what’s being called “A Citywide Interfaith Service of Healing and Gratitude” will be Danny Trapp, the new executive director of Mecklenburg Ministries, which has about 100 member houses of worship representing many faiths.

Trapp’s theme: “Being Community.” He will reflect on this passage from the Book of Jeremiah in the Bible: “But seek the welfare of the city … and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”

Music will be provided by the Rev. Christy Snow as well as current and previous directors of the Mecklenburg Ministries’ Interfaith Adult Choir.

A statement by Mecklenburg Ministries called the interfaith service “an opportunity for healing in the midst of brokenness, gratitude in the midst of adversity and cooperation as we move forward together.”

Cannon, arrested last week after a long FBI undercover operation, resigned his post just four months after becoming Charlotte’s mayor.

His arrest brought stories in national newspapers and TV newscasts about this stain on Charlotte’s up-to-now squeaky-clean image. And Jon Stewart, anchor on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” found laughs in the scandal.

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