Pastors Play Peacemakers after Zimmerman Acquittal

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Churches in Sandford, Fla. are opening their doors for prayer to help ease tensions in their community over the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

A group called "Sanford Pastors Connecting" will be holding meetings each Monday at noon.

Rev. Charlie Holt of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Lake Mary told USA Today that the group hopes to keep the community connected following the verdict.

"Our call is to pray for our community for the long-term unity, peace, and strength of relationships," Holt told USA Today. "Our churches welcome any and all to come and offer prayer to the Lord for ourselves, for all involved and for our community."

"Prayer is what it takes to continue to move forward in our ever-changing society," Holt added.

The city's mayor, city manager, and police chief attended a prayer rally at a New Life Word Center Church.

The pastor of the church said they prayed for both the Zimmerman and Martin families. They also prayed for unity, peace, and better community relations.

The mayor expressed thanks that no violence has taken place in the city.

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