11 January 2016


Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia Holds Prayer Gathering for Mayor & City of Philadelphia

at The Salvation Army Kroc Community Center

Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia held an interfaith prayer service for Mayor Jim Kenney and the City of Philadelphia on January 6, 2016 at The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center in Philadelphia. The service was hosted by Lt. Colonel Stephen A. Banfield, Chief Executive Officer and Divisional Commander of the Salvation Army Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Division. Sacred scripture readings were presented by senior leaders representing Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Baha’i, Buddhist and Hindu religions.  Mayor Kenney spoke during the ceremony, and music was provided by The Salvation Army Brass Band.  A reception, sponsored by Wells Fargo, was held at The Salvation Army Kroc Center.

The Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia was founded in spring 2006 to build relationships of mutual support, offer a moral and spiritual voice in the region, and identify issues of concern for dialogue and action. Co-convened by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Rabbi David Straus, Imam Anwar Muhaimin, and Bishop Claire Schenot Burkat, the Council is the first of its kind in the city, with more than 30 member communities, representing more than two million people of diverse faith traditions from across the greater Philadelphia region.

The video of the service as well as our Facebook post with photos is below . . .