Tonight at 6pm in the George's Auditorium at Dillard University, the leaders of more than 50 congregations of all faiths will gather to sign a covenant to demonstrate their collective will and resolve to bring peace to the city of New Orleans.
Officials say the NOLA Interfaith Peace Initiative, part of a larger effort called Cities United, brings a faith perspective to the struggle to address violence in the city and promote peace.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Archbishop Gregory Aymond, Imam Rafeeq NuMan, Rev. J.C. Profit and Rabbi Edward Cohn of Temple Sinai are among those scheduled to speak at the covenant signing.
"This is an opportunity for us to join with other faiths, other Christian denominations and other faith traditions and to come together to pray and also to act, to do whatever we can to be instruments of peace," Aymond said.
Aymond says the Archdiocese has already begun a peace initiative of its own - a prayer initiative - to end the violence.
"Already in the Catholic Church, every Sunday and every parish, we pray for the end to violence and murder and racism," the archbishop said.
Tonight's event is open to the public.