Special to The Toledo Journal
Third Baptist Church hosted an Inter-Faith worship with 200 people in attendance. It was a unique blend of various faiths and beliefs. Representation was from Protestant Christianity, Catholics, Muslims and Jewish believers all working together. Third Baptist has conducted this multi-faith worship the last two years to stress community unity within the city of Toledo as major cities across the U.S. are struggling to build greater solidarity amongst diverse religious backgrounds and cultures.
Retired Priest, Father Tony Gallagher delivered a dynamic stirring theme on the one-ness of the human family stressing the necessity of working together to resolve many of the ill’s affecting our world today. The Inter-Faith Service was inspirational and information as it crossed boundaries of believes to emphasize service. Dr. Johnny Early, Department Chair of Pharmacy at the University of Toledo was the main organizing cog. He was quoted as saying, “All humanity are ship-mates within the parameters of life and we need to serve one another with love.”
The emphasis of this multi-faith worship was to bless the hands of professionals who give of themselves selflessly affecting positive change for the betterment of this cosmopolitan city and strengthen the oneness of humanity. We are all God’s children and in this world we need each other on all levels. Representatives from the Sheriff Department, Toledo Police Department, Toledo School District, Social Workers, University of Toledo Impact Ministries, Clergy of Toledo and Social Services were all well represented at this service. Sheriff John Tharp talked about “Hands that are committed to help lift this city.”