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Annual Commonwealth Interfaith Service: Prayers for Justice & Peace

by PA Council of Churches

Jun 07, 2021

After a year of unprecedented violence and acts of hate against Black and Brown neighbors, Asian American and Pacific Islanders, immigrants, and anyone perceived as “other,” the Pennsylvania Council of Churches is joining with partners from multiple faith traditions in the 13th Annual Commonwealth Interfaith Service: Prayers for Justice and Peace, at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, June 8. The theme is “Justice and Love for All in a Time of Violence.”

Options to register and view the service are provided below.

The service will begin with words from representatives of the PA Human Relations Commission, the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs, and the Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, followed by calls to worship/prayer from different traditions, individual prayers, music, dance, and bells, woven together by a narrative that speaks to how our different traditions engage in worship in its many forms. Traditions represented include Jewish, Christian (Protestant, Quaker, Roman Catholic, and Mormon), Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Baháʼí, and Unitarian Universalists.

The Council’s Director of Advocacy and Ecumenical Outreach, the Rev. Sandra Strauss, said, “We come, unified in love, to lift our communal prayers for justice and peace. Our faith traditions call for us to live together in peace and love especially as we witness the hatred that results in harm to those some consider as the ‘other’.”

The service is open to the public on Zoom, though registration is required. Click here to register.

The service will also be streamed on Facebook Live. Click here to access the Council’s Facebook Live page. The service will also be recorded and uploaded to the Council’s YouTube channel.

For more information, contact the Rev. Sandra Strauss at [email protected] or (717) 350-0165.

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