2,000 In Clearwater, Faith Communities Come Together in Prayer and Compassion

September 10, 2005

Source: St. Petersburg Times


On September 10, 2005 the St. Petersburg Times reported, "The Rev. Leddy Hammock held a candle and looked up at the dozens of people at an interfaith remembrance service for Hurricane Katrina victims Tuesday. 'We gather to rebuild a levee against all human tears,' she told them. A few minutes later, the lights were dimmed, and each person in the octagon-shaped sanctuary held up a single lighted candle, asking God to help the evacuees and to forgive the dead of their misdeeds, if any. The event at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater brought together religious leaders of several faiths and traditions, including Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Scientology and Jewish. The idea for the special service came from Ahmed Bedier of the Council for American Islamic Relations."