Congresswoman Janice Hahn (CA-44) hosted an interfaith prayer breakfast recently with local faith leaders from the 44th District at Church One Ministries in North Long Beach.
The annual event is an opportunity for the Congresswoman to celebrate the DSC_0408.JPGwork of local faith leaders and provide a legislative update regarding the state of Congress.
“This event is so important because it is an opportunity to connect with you, the faith leaders of our communities, who are on the ground every day working with local families,” said Congresswoman Hahn. “I appreciate the work the faith leaders in my community do every day.”
This year, the Congresswoman’s remarks focused on Pope Francis’ recent visit to the US and his address to a joint session of Congress.
“Pope Francis challenged us in Congress to be better and to do the work the American people elected us to do – to enable this country to grow as a nation and to defend and preserve the dignity of our fellow citizens,” said Hahn. “Congress has not lived up to this simple mission. Partisan fighting has made it impossible to make any progress on the issues that really matter to Americans.”
This morning’s event was held in Church One Ministries, a Christian church in North Long Beach.
“The late great Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenny Hahn often visited Penuel Baptist church in Watts, where my father was pastor,” said Bishop W. Todd Ervin, the leader of Church One Ministries and the co-host of this morning’s event. “What a blessing and honor it is to host the Congressional Prayer Breakfast of the daughter of my father’s friend.”
Congresswoman Hahn is herself a Christian and spoke to the attendees about the role faith plays in her own life.
“I was raised to believe in the incredible power of faith,” said Congresswoman Hahn. “We are taught that our faith has the power to move mountains. This is a very powerful truth that I find I need to remind myself of often because heaven knows we are not short on mountains that need moving in Washington.”