SILVER SPRINGS, Md. The Washington Family Theater Singers, a community outreach initiative of the Silver Spring and Seneca Maryland stakes, lifted their voices in harmony and testimony as they sang, "I Believe in Christ" at an August 15 Interfaith Worship Service at the Marriott Wardman Hotel in Washington, D.C.
The 60-voice choir joined Rabbi Mark Raphel, Shaikh Mohammad al Rae, Rev. Jocelyn Johnson and others in launching the opening session of a week-long conference sponsored by Blacks in Government, a nationwide organization of African-Americans employed by city, state and the federal governments.
At the request of conference organizer Rev. Linda DeLaine, program participants shared beliefs and basic teachings of their faiths. Stake President Peter L. Joyce received applause when describing the Freedman Bank Record CD, which documents several generations of African Americans immediately following the Civil War.
He also spoke of the Church's Humanitarian Aid and missionary programs and invited attendees to the visitors center located in nearby Kensington, Md.
The Singers also performed "No Man is An Island," "God of our Fathers" and "Jubilate Deo." Formed in 2002, the choir is directed by Sheena Joyce. It is recognized for its missionary-oriented programs and has performed at local venues including the Washington Temple Visitors Center.