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Interfaith service kicked off a ‘charged,’ ‘uplifting’ event for one delegate

Post by News Tribune Staff on Aug. 27, 2008 at 10:40 am with No Comments »
August 27, 2008 10:40 am

I connected last night with Tom Hilyard, the Tacoma Public Utilities board member who is in Denver as an alternate delegate.

He was obviously moved by the events he’s attended so far, beginning with an an interfaith service Sunday afternoon.

“It was very uplifting,” Hilyard said. The audience heard passages from the Quran and the Bible that called on people to “‘love thy neighbor as thyself’ as a place to start,” he said.

People of faith are receiving more attention at this year’s Democratic National Convention as they try to assert themselves within the party, a move that could bring the Democrats some votes but could also lead to tension.

We ran this story in today’s paper on the subject. Among those quoted is Donald Miller, the Portland author of the book ‘Blue Like Jazz.’ Miller delivered the closing prayer Monday at the convention.

Earlier Monday, Hilyard was sitting in the balcony at the Pepsi Center when Sen. Ted Kennedy spoke to the crowd. “It was very precious to me,” Hilyard said. “It was charged and uplifting.”

Hilyard signed his name on the petition officially supporting the nomination of Barack Obama as the Democrat’s nominee.

And he was impressed with Michelle Obama’s speech, saying it “connected with life as we know it, and the challenges of life.”

“I couldn’t have asked for more from the person who is going to be the First Lady of the nation.”

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