Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood has known hatred and heartbreak — the heavily African-American church was one of two in East Liberty that were burned down in 1971 in suspected racist arson attacks.
Now, the 1,500-member church is supporting another local house of worship that was attacked in a hate crime: New Light Congregation, one of three Jewish congregations that suffered casualties during the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue building on Saturday.
The church’s leader, Rev. Darryl T. Canady, said the two communities have supported each other for six years, ever since New Light’s leader, Rabbi Jonathan Perlman, helped train his community members in pastoral care.
Rodman Street’s choir sang at the city-wide vigil service held at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, and the church hosted its own joint prayer service on Wednesday night, featuring delegations from more than a dozen churches in East Liberty, most of them African-American.
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