News release from the City of Fort Wayne:
Mayor Henry announces plans for second annual Prayers for the City event
(September 3, 2014) – Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry today was joined by local religious and community leaders to announce plans for the second annual “Prayers for the City” event.
The prayer service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14 at the USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry St. The service is free and open to the public.
Those who aren’t able to attend are asked to pray for the city in their places of worship.
The event will feature prayers, singing, dances, and readings. Religious traditions represented will include Buddhism; Christianity; Hinduism; Judaism; Islam; Sikhism; and Unitarian Universalism.
Mayor Henry developed the program with assistance from Rev. Dr. Terry Anderson, Executive Director of Just Neighbors Interfaith Hospitality Network and Senior Advisor to the Mayor.
“We’re fortunate to live in a community that shares many different faiths that we can embrace and celebrate together,” said Mayor Henry. “We’re experiencing unprecedented momentum in the City of Fort Wayne by working together and understanding the importance of diversity and acceptance. Prayers for the City is a tremendous opportunity to show unity and appreciation for all residents.”
Prayers for the City participants include:
- Mayor Tom Henry
- Rev. Dr. Terry Anderson, Executive Director of Just Neighbors Interfaith Hospitality Network and Senior Advisor to the Mayor
- Sister M. Elise Kriss, President, University of Saint Francis
- Rabbi Javier Cattapan, Achduth Vesholom Congregation
- Rev. Dr. John Gardner, Plymouth Congregational Church – United Church of Christ
- Rev. Dr. Ron Allen, Heartland Community Church
- Maestro Robert Nance and The Interfaith Community Choir
- Indiana Buddhist Temple
- Twigh Twee Singers, Miami Nation of Indiana
- Rev. Bill McGill, Imani Baptist Temple
- Rabbi Mitch Kornspan, Congregation B’Nai Jacob
- Rev. Donovan Coley, The Fort Wayne Rescue Mission
- Rev. Misty-Dawn Shelly, Unitarian Universalist Congregation
- Dr. Ahmed Abdelmageed, Manchester University and Universal Education Foundation
- Rev. Saharra Bledsoe, NAACP
- Palermo Galindo, City of Fort Wayne
- Uzma Mirza, The Pen and Inkpot Foundation
- Dr. Carl Jylland-Halverson, University of Saint Francis
- Dr. Michael Spath, Indiana Center for Middle East Peace
- Representatives of the Hindu Community
- Representatives of the Sikh Community
- Musicians Eric Clancy, Michael Patterson, and Aaron Smith
A reception with light refreshments will be held following the service.