GALLERY: Magnolia community gathers to pray for unity, healing June 5

Members of the Magnolia community gathered to pray June 5 for unity amid unrest in the nation. Some gathered on the lawn in front of Magnolia High School while others stayed in their vehicles, listening in via an FM transmitter. (Dylan Sherman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Members of the Magnolia community gathered to pray June 5 for unity amid unrest in the nation. Some gathered on the lawn in front of Magnolia High School while others stayed in their vehicles, listening in via an FM transmitter. (Dylan Sherman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Members of the Magnolia community gathered to pray June 5 for unity amid unrest in the nation. Some gathered on the lawn in front of Magnolia High School while others stayed in their vehicles, listening in via an FM transmitter. (Dylan Sherman/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Members of the Magnolia community gathered to pray June 5 for unity amid unrest in the nation. (Dylan Sherman/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Amy Boriach, associate pastor of Wildwood United Methodist Church, was among those who led attendees in prayer June 5. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Community members of all ages came out to a prayer rally held in front of Magnolia High School on June 5. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Members of the Magnolia community gathered to pray June 5 for unity amid unrest in the nation. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Andrew Hook, pastor of Magnolia United Methodist Church, was among those to lead attendees in prayer June 5. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Abel Amaya, a pastor at Magnolia's First Baptist Church, led attendees in a prayer spoken in Spanish. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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A few dozen community members attended the prayer rally, led by local pastors June 5. (Dylan Sherman/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Members of the Magnolia community gathered to pray June 5 for unity amid unrest in the nation. Some gathered on the lawn in front of Magnolia High School while others stayed in their vehicles, listening in via an FM transmitter. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Members of the Magnolia community gathered to pray June 5 for unity amid unrest in the nation. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Members of the Magnolia community gathered to pray June 5 for unity amid unrest in the nation. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Members of the Magnolia community gathered to pray June 5 for unity amid unrest in the nation. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Members of the Magnolia community gathered to pray June 5 for unity amid unrest in the nation. Some gathered on the lawn in front of Magnolia High School while others stayed in their vehicles, listening in via an FM transmitter. (Dylan Sherman/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Members of the Magnolia community gathered to pray June 5 for unity amid unrest in the nation. Some gathered on the lawn in front of Magnolia High School while others stayed in their vehicles, listening in via an FM transmitter. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The prayer rally attracted a few dozen community members on June 5. Attendees could gather on the lawn or listen in from their vehicles. (Dylan Sherman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Magnolia-area pastors gathered Friday, June 5, to lead the community in a prayer service held in front of Magnolia High School. Church leaders prayed for healing, unity and peace to take place across the community and nation.

Several dozen members of the community attended the prayer rally and gathered on the lawn while other residents stayed in their vehicles and were able to listen to in via an FM transmitter.


Churches represented included Magnolia's First Baptist Church, Magnolia Bible Church, Collective Church, Magnolia Cowboy Church and Believers Fellowship, among others.

"We've just been like everybody else watching what's been going on all over the nation with the tragic death of George Floyd [in Minnesota] and watching the marches all over the country," Ed Seay, senior pastor of Magnolia's First Baptist Church and one of the organizers of the June 5 rally, said in a June 3 phone interview. "Our hearts are heavy for the African American community, for the safety of our police officers and just for the deep division there is in our nation. As pastors we feel like the greatest response is prayer. We just thought we would have this opportunity for the pastors of the community and the people of our community to come together."
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.