Faith leaders from across the country who lived through deadly shootings at their places of worship visited the Washington National Cathedral Monday night for a group discussion involving D.C. public safety officials.
The talks inside the cathedral, closed to press coverage, included Eric Manning, senior pastor at Emmanuel AME in Charleston, South Carolina; Alan Hausman, vice president of Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Rev. Frank Pomeroy of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
The aim of the talks — hosted by the cathedral and sponsored by D.C. police, the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, and the Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs — were to draw some benefit from the dreadful experiences of the churches and synagogue.