On the morning of the year’s shortest day — and its longest night — an Indianapolis church’s bell tolled 72 times, once for each of the known Marion County homeless who have died this year, and once more for all whose deaths went unrecognized.
The Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention held the annual Homeless Persons’ Memorial Service at Roberts Park United Methodist Church on Friday, commemorating lives lost in 2018 and keeping attention on people who still lack a place to call home.
“It’s a time for us to, I think, really remember those that don’t have somewhere to call home that night, that are going to be spending a very long night here in Indianapolis without somewhere to go,” Chelsea Haring-Cozzi, the coalition’s executive director, told IndyStar.
Beiser will perform excerpts from her cello opera, “Elsewhere,” an imaginative and psychological retelling of the biblical story of Lot’s wife.
Those who got turbans tyed looked cheerful and enthusiastic. Some of them also posed for photos, with folded hands, in front of the Golden Temple poster.
The Indy’s Festival of Faiths is very much reflective of that same spirit spoken of in the Qur’an and demonstrated by Prophet Muhammed and the Negus of Abyssinia; people of faith, regardless of their faith, must be mindful of the well-being of all people of faith.
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Alrajabi accepted the Diamond Service Award from the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention for her work as an engagement coordinator for Adult & Child Health, which provides mental health services and other programming. The award recognizes someone who has overcome homelessness and is giving back to the community in a meaningful way.
“When you think of people who make a difference in life, people who do not have a negative bone in their bodies, that was Shahid,” said K.P. Singh, an Indianapolis based artist and practicing Sikh who worked with Athar founding the original Interfaith Alliance. “He exuded kindness and happiness to all others.
We heard from the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Community Relations Council, gay rights groups, Urban League reps. All said about the same thing. We will not sit quietly while such hateful acts take place in our community. The standing room only crowd interrupted each speaker with rounds of applause.