Latino church hosts gubernatorial interfaith service

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Date: 7 Jan 2015
Time: 23:30 - 01:30

As a prelude to the inauguration of Governor-Elect Charlie Baker, political, civic and religious leaders from throughout the region will be gathering at the Congregation Lion of Judah (or, “Congregacion Leon de Juda”) at 5:30pm Wednesday evening to celebrate an Interfaith Inaugural Prayer Service welcoming the new Governor and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.

Although pre-inaugural prayer services are a Commonwealth tradition, the January 7th service is the first time in the Commonwealth’s history that the Interfaith Service is hosted by a Latino congregation.

Participating in the interfaith event will be Leon de Juda’s Senior Pastor, Dr. Roberto S. Miranda, as well as an array of Massachusetts faith leaders representing a cross-section of the Commonwealth’s faith traditions, including: Cardinal Sean O'Malley; His Eminence Methodios, Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Boston; Archbishop Livingston Foxworth; Bishop Gideon A. Thompson; Bishop John M. Borders lll; Rev. Arthur T. Gerald; Manikka Bowman; Rev. Liz Walker; Imam Suhaib Webb; Rev. Susan Cartmell; Rev. Burns Stansfield; Rev. Matthew Thompson; Rev. Laura Everett; Rabbi Ronne Friedman; Rev. William Dickerson; Bishop Talbert Swan II; and, Rev. Dr. Ray Hammond – Rev. Dr. Gloria White Hammond, will be serving as the service’s emcee.

The event is open to the public, with seating available in Leon de Juda’s recently constructed sanctuary space at 20 Reed Street, as well as overflow space available next door at the church’s “original sanctuary” at 68 Northampton Street. The Boston Water & Sewer Commission (whose offices are adjacent to the church) are allowing those attending the Interfaith Service to park in all five of their facilities’ parking lots.

In 2013, in the wake of the tragic Boston Marathon bombings, Leon de Juda’s Rev. Miranda was the sole Latino minister participating in the Interfaith service hosted at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in the South End – along with many of the clergy who will be participating in the January 7th Inaugural Interfaith Service.

The Congregación León de Judá , founded in 1982, is a predominantly-Latino congregation of 1,300 souls who hail from 26 Latin American countries, but whose members also include non-Latinos from Asia, the West Indies and parts of Africa. It’s ministries include Adult Christian education and Discipleship classes; an AWANA club serving 200 children; and social transformation ministries including the Boston higher Education Resource Center (HERC) (providing ESOL classes to 120 adults each year, and college readiness services to over 700 youth each year); Vale Esperar (providing federally-funded abstinence education instruction to 800 Latino middle school youth across three states); ALPHA (providing advocacy services for 4,000 recent immigrants annually), as well as ministries to the homeless.


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