An interfaith program is planned in Danbury this weekend, hosted by the Association of Religious Communities. ARC executive director Reverend PJ Leopold says Sunday's rally is meant to build and reinforce positive bridges in Danbury and surrounding towns.
Following the rally at 2pm, a social justice community fair and connecting will be held. The event is at Central Christian Church on West Street. The program at the rally will include speakers from diverse backgrounds including a Rabbi, a Muslim, a high school student, a state lawmaker and a local businessman and member of the Ecuadorian Civic Society.
Leopold explained why this event was organized. She says the family of a friend of ARC was recently detained at the airport, swastikas were painted on buildings in Danbury and surrounding towns, and there's been a general break down of a sense of community.
ARC Board member Joe Walkovich says this is the time to rally together and focus on how Danbury can be stronger as a community. ARC officials say another objectives of the rally is for congregations to get to know each other and possibly have pulpit exchanges, share ideas about social justice and involve youth groups in shared experiences and programs from one congregation to another.