Susie Hipp was one of more than 400 people who attended the "Prayer for Peace Rally" Sunday afternoon at the Columbus Civic Center. She believes such events should be held more than once a year.
"We should have these on a more frequent basis. It is very inspiring," she said.
As she spoke, a woman stopped by and hugged her.
"I don't know that woman, never seen her before, but we felt each other's spirit here today." Hipp said.
The rally was sponsored by Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and the Mayor's Commission on Unity, Diversity and Propserity.
It was billed as a multi-denomination, multi-cultural effort to bring an end to violence in our community.
"We will not tolerate violence in our community," Tomlinson told those gathered.
Several local religious leaders delivered prayers during the hour-long event.
Rev. Conitras Moore of Greater Ward Chapel A.M.E. church gave the prayer for solidarity, Rev. Dennis Lacy of North Highland Assembly of God Church gave a prayer for peace officers, Rev. Javon Jackson of Holsey Chapel C.M.E. Church gave a prayer for empathy, Rabbi Beth Schwartz of Temple Israel Synagogue gave a prayer for unity, Rev. Adrian Chester of Greater Beallwood Baptist Church gave a prayer for hope, Imam Yahya Islam of Mosque AnNur gave a prayer for brotherly love and Rev. L.K. Pendleton of St. Mary's United Methodist Church gave a prayer for peace.
Rev. Roderick B. Green of First African Baptist Church said before the ceremony that such an event is important for Columbus.
"Everyone should feel appreciated no matter their faith," he said.
He said violence is something that affects every community. "It doesn't matter if it is your community or somebody else's. We all have to come together. All of us are our brother's keeper."
Tomlinson said that people can make a difference in someone else's life. She said that last year of the 22 murders in Columbus, 10 were domestic violence.
"Somebody had to know there was an unhealthy situation, an unsafe situation, " she said.
The mayor said people need to feel empowered to step in and help, to let someone know that their life matters.
"We need to be proactive," Tomlinson said.
She said children need to know that they are precious and people care about them.
"You all touch hundreds of lives," she told those gathered.