The Democratic National Convention Committee on Friday announced the program for its first-ever interfaith gathering, which kicks off at 2 p.m. Aug. 24 at Wells Fargo Theater.
Keynote speakers will include Bishop Charles E. Blake, presiding prelate of the Church of God in Christ Inc. and pastor at the West Angeles church; Dr. Ingrid Mattson, president of the Islamic Society of North America; social activist Sister Helen Prejean, author of "Dead Man Walking"; and Rabbi Tzvi Weinreb, executive vice president of the Orthodox Union.
Grammy-award winning gospel artist Richard Smallwood & Vision and Denver's The Spirituals Project will perform the music. The program also will feature readings from diverse religious texts.
"Democrats have been, are and will continue to be people of faith — and this interfaith gathering is proof of that," said DNCC chief executive Leah Daughtry, who is a Pentecostal pastor.
Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter is scheduled to address the event, along with local clergy, including Imam Abdur-Rahim Ali of the Northeast Denver Islamic Center, Rabbi Steven Foster from Congregation Emmanuel, the Rev. Lucia Guzman, Buddhist Kathryn Ida and Democratic leader Polly Baca.
The event is free and open to the public but requires tickets, available by visiting demconvention.com/interfaith, e-mailing InterFaith@demconvention.com or calling 720-362-2520. (MORE)