HOUSTON (June 16, 2020) – For over half a century, three Houston faith leaders- often affectionately referred to in Houston as the “Three Amigos” – have been joining their voices and influence in support of civil rights. Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza (Catholic), Rabbi Samuel E. Karff (Jewish) and Reverend William A. Lawson (Baptist) found that, when they stood together as a multi-faith trio, their presence and voice was more powerful than if any of them spoke out individually.
The three friends are joining forces again, in partnership with Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, to present a virtual discussion on Fighting for Justice, Equality and Respect as part of Interfaith Ministries’ summer 2020 series, The Dialogue Project: Vital Conversations with our Community.
The vital one-hour conversation and moment of prayer on racism, civil rights and the struggle for a more just society can be viewed on Juneteenth – Friday, June 19 at 11:00 a.m. CST from Interfaith Ministries’ social media channels.
The broadcast may be accessed on:
Twitter – @InterfaithMin
Facebook – @InterfaithMinistries
Instagram – @interfaithministries
YouTube – youtube.com/imghimgh
“We are honored that Archbishop Fiorenza, Rabbi Karff and Rev. Lawson are lending their voices again in solidarity with the African American community after the tragic murder of George Floyd,” said Martin B. Cominsky, President and CEO, Interfaith Ministries. “These three gentlemen have been teaching, praying and marching together since the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and their voices and experience are as relevant as ever.”
The first session in this summer series will feature the three faith leaders together at Interfaith Ministries’ Brigitte and Bashar Kalai Plaza of Respect, which was created as a multi-faith space for education, dialogue and community. The Plaza features three Pillars of Light, honoring each of the Three Amigos for their commitment to ecumenism and social justice.
This event brings the wisdom of three of Houston’s most beloved elder faith leaders into a virtual setting to address the effects of systemic racism in our society. The vital conversation will be moderated by Sucre Woodley, director of marketing and communications, Interfaith Ministries.
The event is sponsored by Interfaith Ministries’ Multi-Faith Council representing more than 50 local congregations. Visit the events page at https://www.imgh.org/the-dialogue-project/.