At First Christian Church, Regular Interfaith Service a "Model for Humanity"

July 12, 2005

Source: Oregon Daily Emerald

On July 12, 2005 the Oregon Daily Emerald reported, "First Christian Church held its 46th consecutive interfaith prayer and reflection service Monday. Nearly 200 community members met this month to 'pray for peace' and 'reflect upon the interconnectedness of all beings,' according to a First Christian Church pamphlet.

The service has been held on the 11th of every month since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Followers of any and every faith are invited to come together as a community to 'nurture confidence in the universal power of love and unity that transcends all earthly limitations,' according to the pamphlet... During the one-hour service on Monday, 10 faiths were represented by their followers. These included the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, as well as Buddhism, Baha’i, Hinduism, Native American... Sikh Dharma and Sufi. Many participants sang and played guitar while others recited Quranic passages, Native American and Farsi prayers... 'This is a model for humanity...that we don’t all have to have the same religion,' [the Interfaith Service founder, Siri Kaur Khalsa-Harris] said."