Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY)

23rd Annual Children’s Sabbath

Posted on October 10, 2016

What unites people of all faiths?

Hindu, Christian, Muslim, Jew, Mormon, Buddhist…

Given the troubling political climate reported by the media, you may be a little leery of reading on. As a nation we are obsessed by the things that divide us and fear how our differences will spark new controversy and unrest.

But what happens when people representing every faith should gather under one roof?

In Philadelphia, they unite…for children.

On October 16, at 3pm, Philadelphia’s faith leaders will gather their congregations for the 23rd Annual Children’s Sabbath, a special interfaith celebration to life up the city’s children, part of the National Observance of the Children’s Sabbath, sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund.

Philadelphia’s religious leaders anticipate scores of the faithful to find communion over a shared, common value: the need to provide all children a good education.

The theme of this year’s Children’s Sabbath is, “Our Promise: Closing the Educational Gaps for Children.”

As the Pennsylvania Supreme Court considers the legal and ethical responsibility of the state to fund schools fairly, the faith community will gather as a reminder that educating our children is also a moral responsibility.

The service will feature a keynote address from Kevin Johnson, President and CEO of Opportunities Industrialization Center, and special performances from noted children’s choirs, including the Keystone and New Jersey Boychoirs, Pennsylvania and Garden State Girlchoirs and the Youth and Children’s Choir of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-Day Saints.

Please join us at Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad Street, on October 16.

All are welcome.


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