Carbondale Ethnic Festival Interfaith Service in Illinois

July 13, 2003

Source: The Southern

On July 13, 2003 The Southern reported that "people of all religious faiths and backgrounds need to take the messages they learn in their houses of worship and come together as a unified force for the betterment of their communities... That was the message of Rabbi Mark Shook of Temple Israel in St. Louis, who spoke at the Carbondale Ethnic Festival Interfaith Service Sunday afternoon at the First United Methodist Church in Carbondale... Shook is co-chairman of the board of Faith Beyond Walls, an interfaith community service organization in St. Louis... A wide variety of faiths were represented at Sunday's service, which wrapped up the first Southern Illinois Ethnic Festival, sponsored by Carbondale in Harmony, Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, the Carbondale Interfaith Council and the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce... The St. Francis Xavier Spanish Mass Choir performed, as did the Bethel AME Men's Choir. There was an Islamic call to prayer, a reading of Hebrew scripture by Sam Goldman of Carbondale's Congregation Beth Jacob, and a Baha'i reading by Joel Smith of the Carbondale Baha'i Congregation. The Pelham Road Baptist Youth Group of Greenville, S.C., did an interpretation of 'Let There Be Peace on Earth' and the Rev. Sidney Logwood of Rockhill Baptist Church gave the benediction."