Several local churches joined together on Sunday in response to some of the community’s recent hardships.
It was a concert to bring the city of Baton Rouge together. The 27th Annual Sounds of CommUNITY took place at St. Aloysius Catholic Church.
Mayor President Sharon Weston Broome said, “I have consistently said if we are going to see tangible change in our community, especially as it relates to relationships across races, its going to take the leaderships of the faith based communities.”
It was a church filled with people praying for our community. Reverend Robin McCullogh-Bade said while the Sounds of Community started in 1991, the recent flood and spike in crime made this gathering more powerful.
“The Interfaith Federation has been pairing congregations for over 20 years. Particularly white and black congregations for prayer, for conversation, for dialogue, for service. Particularly since last summer we’ve increased those pairings. Those partnerships,” said McCullogh-Bade.
Those who attended worshipped together. Jenny Hastings said churches joining together was exactly what the community needed.
Hastings said,” The program was very meaningful to me. Especially with us ending with, ‘let their be peace on earth, and let it begin with me. ‘ I have learned more about our city, and realized the differences between North Baton Rouge, and South Baton Rouge. I know how important it is for us to pull together as one city. And that seems to be the message that we can all hold in our hearts.”