When the annual Faith in the Future Prayer Breakfast is held Friday, participants will be continuing a tradition that dates back to 2005.
The event, traditionally held the Friday before Thanksgiving, has been based on a very simple message - the movement seeks to create a climate of economic development through prayer, leadership, encouragement and teamwork.
It's a knowledge that belief in faith builds hope, something that residents of our region have never lost sight of, even when things have not gone as well as we would have liked. That's what the ecumenical movement has stood for since it was developed by former Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of the Catholic Diocese of Steubenville. Conlon said at the time that he felt the need to get members of the community thinking and acting in a positive manner while having faith in God and in themselves.
His point then was a valid as it is today - that everyone can join in praying to God to guide the business, educational, government and economic development efforts of our region. It's that spirit that those who have attended past breakfasts have come away with, something they have been able to share with those in their workplaces, their friends and neighbors and in their homes.
It shows, in short, that growth and development throughout our region can be measured as much by attitude as it is by construction.
This year's breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church on Lovers Lane in Steubenville. The keynote speaker will be the Rev. Ashley Steele, executive director of Urban Mission Ministries.
We thank all involved in Faith in the Future for continuing their efforts, and hope that all residents will take a moment to reflect on what's important in their lives and what they can to help improve the lives of everyone in our region.