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December 8, 2008

Praying for an Auto Bailout

It's not very often you'll see an S.U.V.'s at the altar, but that's where they sat at a church in Detroit, where the congregation prayed to save the auto industry.

The Wall Street Journal
put together a slideshow, and Nick Bunkley wrote about a Pentecostal church for The New York Times.

Greater Grace, the largest church in Detroit, invited officials from the United Automobile Workers union to speak before Bishop Ellis gave his sermon, titled "A Hybrid Hope."

The S.U.V.'s on the stage, a Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Escape and Chrysler Aspen on loan from local dealerships, were all gas-electric hybrids, and Bishop Ellis urged worshipers to combat the region's woes by mixing hope with faith in God.

"We have done all that we can do in this union, so I turn it over to the Lord," General Holiefield, a U.A.W. vice president for Chrysler, told the crowd. A vice president for the parts suppliers, James Settles Jr., asked those present "to continue your prayers, so we can see a miracle next week."

(h/t Eileen Flynn)