For the sixth year in a row, the Getty House Foundation gathered the faith leaders who bind our city together to celebrate the National Day of Prayer — a time for hope, healing, and unity. The spirit of optimism that gives L.A. its strength was out in full force, as the world-famous Angel City Chorale stole the show with an electrifying rendition of Baba Yetu, the Lord’s Prayer in Swahili, and Reverend Najuma Smith Pollard of Word of Encouragement Community Church delivered a moving keynote that had the entire audience on its feet.
But there was work to be done, too. This year, we gathered to recommit ourselves to leading a city defined by opportunity and prosperity, where every Angeleno can find meaning in the dignity of work. As community leaders, it is our job to make sure that the spirit of optimism that powered this event lifts up all of L.A. — because our strength is derived from the families who live, labor, and pray in our city. Today we once again pledged to put our faith and support in these hardworking Angelenos — because they will build the Los Angeles of tomorrow.
The recent tragedies that have rocked our nation’s faith communities were not forgotten. Our hearts go out to the Chabad of Poway synagogue, and to congregations around the world who have been struck by devastating loss over the past few months. We pray that you find strength in the love and support of others during these trying times.
- Aziza Hasan, Executive Director of NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change
- Rabbi Zoë Klein Miles, Senior Rabbi at Temple Isaiah
- Fr. Juan Jose Ochoa, Associate Pastor at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
- Rev. Najuma Smith Pollard, Pastor at Word of Encouragement Community Church
- Father Arturo Corral, Pastor at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church