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53rd National Convention C O V E R A G E Interfaith Worship Service Celebrates Diversity in a Sorority Built on JOURNAL Winter 2017 s23 Inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated celebrated all faiths equally and with passion. The service, led by the 22nd National President Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd, was held on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017. It featured participants from a variety of faiths from Islam to Christianity, from the Adrian Dominican Sisters – a sect of Catholicism – to Judaism. During worship service, which also featured the Delta National Convention Choir, attendees also enjoyed performances by “Rain On Us” singer, Earnest Pugh, and the Delta National Convention Liturgical Dancers, under the direction of Soror Tammy Brown, member of Fort Washington Alumnae Chapter. Christian Principles They performed a moving dance to CeCe Winans’ 1999 song, “Alabaster Box.” Before the sermon, National President Dr. Paulette C. Walker addressed the congregation, which was comprised of members of the Sorority along with their family and friends. “Without Him we wouldn’t be able to make it through that second century of service,” said Dr. Walker. National Chaplain Vashti Murphy McKenzie, the granddaughter of founder Vashti Turley Murphy, gave the sermon, which centered on two scriptures – Joshua 2 and Hebrews 11:31. The sermon’s theme was “Reclaiming My Time,” a phrase recently made popular by Congresswoman Maxine Waters. The service ended with many members of Delta Sigma Theta embracing each other at the altar as chaplains from all across the country offered prayers to worshippers. s BY JOI-MARIE MURPHY MCKENZIE Rev. Vashti Jasmine Murphy Saint-Jean, Member-at-Large; Sister Victoria Dalesandro, O.P., Adrian Dominican Sisters; and Rev. Rachel A. Baker, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Las Vegas, participate in the Interfaith Service during the 53rd National Convention in Las Vegas Aug. 6, 2017. PHOTO BY DONNAMARIA JONES


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