Churches group Declare Dayton rallies for unity on Courthouse Square

The group strives to do more than march and pray. DaQuawna Farrow, church and engagement coordinator for Declare Dayton, said a core aspect of their work is volunteering for Dayton public schools — volunteering time and goods, whatever schools and students need, she said.

“We’re putting heavy emphasis on a collaboration with Dayton Public Schools,” Farrow said. “To have the presence of the faith community, as mentors, as helps in any direction, in any facet or area that the schools need.”

If people want to get involved, Farrow encouraged them to start by visiting

Wearing a sweater that said, “In Dayton as it is in Heaven,” Steve Rudisill, lead pastor of The Point Church in Centerville, said the march was a good way to “remind ourselves that we’re more alike than what our denominations tell us we are.”

“Dayton sees that we can be united and we can help bring people together,” said marcher Petra Steinberger, of Christ United Methodist.

The 4 pm prayer march drew well over 100 participants to a 5 pm worship service at Levitt Pavilion, marching with a police escort down streets closed to traffic.

The group has been active lately. Declare Dayton partnered with Montgomery County ADAMHS and Levitt Pavilion to hold a pop-up concert Sept. 13 to mark September as “recovery month.” The event featured two bands and speakers talking about the battle against addiction.