An “interfaith celebration” Monday will wrap up a weekend of “Faith and Blue” events — a national initiative looking to build connections between police officers to faith-based community organizations.
“The national overall goal is the same goal we’re trying for here in Boston — to bridge gaps with the community in partnership with faith organizations throughout the city,” said Boston Police spokesperson Andre Watson.
The Faith and Blue initiative was created in 2020 through a partnership between MovementForward, Inc. and the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
“Law enforcement and faith institutions are key pillars of each community, and when they work together, neighborhoods thrive,” a Faith and Blue mission statement reads.
Faith and Blue weekend events kicked off Friday in nine cities around the country, including Boston. Over 30 community-based events were organized over the weekend.
Faith groups involved throughout the weekend included the Ismaili Muslim Center in Allston/Brighton, St. Monica Church in South Boston, Resurrection Lutheran Church food pantry in Roxbury and Sacred Heart Church in East Boston.
A final “Interfaith Celebration” event Monday will include entertainment, refreshments and kids activities at the Seaport’s Lawn on D, a Boston Police announcement said.
Boston Police Commissioner Michael Cox, Mayor Michelle Wu, U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Rachael Rollins and national Faith and Blue organizer Rev. Markel Hutchins are scheduled to speak.
Monday’s event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. on the lawn at 420 D Street in South Boston.