Phenix City Mayor Eddie Lowe calls for unity through prayer

Phenix City Mayor Eddie Lowe called for a climate of trust Thursday morning at the annual Unity in Prayer Breakfast he hosted at the Idle Hour Park community center.

“We have to trust our spouses; we have to trust our employers; we have to trust our employees; we have to trust each other; and most importantly we have to trust God,” Lowe said.

Lowe’s remarks came to a group of community, political and religious leader.

The mayor called for teamwork and prayer to move the city forward.

“The most mission critical thing we can do in our lives in pray,” Lowe said. “For us to get where we want to be as a city, it is going to take prayer. ... We can disagree, but there is a proper way to disagree. The most powerful thing we can do is pray, collectively.

Franchise Missionary Baptist Church pastor Raymond Cochran, in the opening prayer, called those in the community to pray for Lowe, city council and the Phenix City’s leaders.

“What we need now is the spiritual food,” Cochran said. “... We must have unity to have peace.”

Retired Pastoral Institute Chief Executive Office Ron King was the keynote speaker and offered praise for what he was seeing in Phenix City.

“In January we had a meeting at the Courtyard Marriott over here,” King said. “We had people in town from Chicago, Denver and Lancaster, Pa. And on that day our spectacular river was showing off because it had rained the day before.”

King said the view of the river from the top of the hotel was spectacular.

“Those folks thought they had died and gone to heaven,” King said. “That new hotel is one of the jewels in the Phenix City crown.”