On January 5, all that was heard was the sound of the Shofar. Followed by the singing of Amazing Grace by: Deidre Jones, through out the State House, on the first full working day of the 2011 General Assembly.
It was a gathering of community leaders called The Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition annual “One Voice” vigil.
In 2008, the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition was started with the thought to serve as a faith-base voice on issues relating to poverty.
The gathering at the State House was to welcome newly elected officials and to offer support to them, with the hope of working together and to make poverty top priority.
There were 25 religious leaders, of all faiths, to do the calling of the elected officials. This is when members of the faith community call out the names of the elected officials and ask that they will govern with wisdom and compassion.
“No family should not have to worry about someone coming into their homes and being told that their not good parents. Because they can’t afford food or new clothes,” stated Rev. Dr. Liliana DaValle, Executive Minister, American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island.