CBF’s Paynter prays that light of God ‘shine on us’ in post-election interfaith event


November 10, 2016

By Carrie McGuffin

DECATUR, Ga. — Following the contentious 2016 presidential election, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter offered words of comfort and courage Wednesday evening during a prayer event featuring a diverse group of 40 prominent faith leaders.

Paynter prayed that the light of God move through us, asking that we be kindled with courage to shine the light that is given to us.

“Lord, Lord, break a little of your light to shine on us, with the same resurrection faith and courage that has sparked the faith and courage and strength of so many around the globe and over time,” she prayed.

This Nov. 9 event, dubbed a “Prayer to Heal the Nation,” was hosted via teleconference by Faith in Public Life, an organization that works to advance justice, compassion and the common good. Forty diverse and prominent faith leaders offered prayers for healing and for justice in the United States as more than 1,000 participants joined in during the hour of prayer.

Faith leaders offering prayers included Shane Claiborne, noted author and co-founder of The Simple Way in Philadelphia; Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners; and popular Christian authors Rachel Held Evans, Brian McLaren and Diana Butler Bass, among others. These Christian leaders were joined by leaders of other religious traditions.

Claiborne called on participants to live out the Great Commandment of Jesus Christ.

“May we find the strength to move through the world in light of political outcomes loving our neighbor, being the hands and feet of Christ and allowing the light of God to shine through us as we are filled with motivation toward justice and equality,” Claiborne said. “May we hold the nation in our continued prayers as we move forward into this new season where we face the unknown.”


CBF is a Christian Network that helps people put their faith to practice through ministry eff­orts, global missions and a broad community of support.The Fellowship’s mission is to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission.


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