Source: News 8 Austin
On September 1, 2005 News 8 Austin reported, "The Austin Baha'i Center held an open prayer session for victims of Hurricane Katrina on Thursday. Community members and other concerned citizens took turns offering their thoughts and spiritual support. 'We feel that prayer is important at any time, and we all have our personal and private devotions, but it's also a time when we can come together,' John Conkling of Austin Baha'i Community said. The center hosted a similar session after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks."