Shayda Safapour of the Baha'i community greets the Rev. B. Herbert Martin, pastor of Chicago's Progressive Community Church. (CNS/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World)
by Joyce Duriga Catholic News Service
Chicago - Dec. 9, 2015
The Rev. B. Herbert Martin told interfaith leaders gathered at Holy Name Cathedral Dec. 8, "I believe we can heal the heart of the city of Chicago."
He made the remarks at an interfaith prayer service planned after a year of increased murders in the city of Chicago and held in the wake of the U.S. Department of Justice announcing a probe into the use of force and accountability in the Chicago Police Department.
Referencing the spiritual "This Little Light of Mine" and waving a flashlight, Martin called on the "people of the light" to "shine this little light of mine" on the West Side, the South Side, in the Loop, the Gold Coast and all Chicago neighborhoods.
"Let it shine," he exclaimed, to a round of applause and a standing ovation.
Martin, who is pastor of Progressive Community Church, preached the sermon at the prayer service organized by the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago in a show of solidarity against violence in the city and to pray for peace.
Representatives from the city's Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Jain, Baha'i, Hindu, Sikh and Zoroastrian faith traditions offered readings, prayers and songs during the service.