On Tuesday, April 28, the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition held an interfaith service at Our Lady of Angels Church, in Kingsbridge Heights, to celebrate its 35th anniversary. As the warm air blew inside the brick church, Fr. Thomas Lynch (above) opened the service and welcomed the congregation, in English and Spanish, and spoke of the importance of advocating for social justice, community organizing and building leadership.
Later, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, director of Catholic Charities (below), lead the homily and questioned why society could not respond to poverty and other issues affecting the community the way it has quickly responded to the health epidemic, swine flu.
Readings and prayers were conducted by religious leaders from the Bronx (seated in the first row), including Rabbi Bonnie Steinberg of the Jewish Home and Hospital, Pastor Irving Rivera of Fordham Manor Reformed Church, and Imam Abdul Muhaimin, Ladan of Mount Hope Mosque.
The choir from Creston Avenue Baptist Church, in Fordham, also attended and treated the audience to several songs accompanied by the keyboard.