Interfaith Camp Takes the Stage on Divided Day of Prayer

February 23, 2004

Source: The Star Press

On February 23, 2004 The Star Press reported, "Last year's local observance of the National Day of Prayer attracted nationwide attention after it splintered into two ceremonies when the evangelical Christian leader of the main observance wouldn't allow prayers by local Jews and Muslims. This year, organizers of the multi-faith answer to the Christians-only observance beat their counterparts to the punch and reserved a spot at Muncie City Hall on May 6, effectively making their observance the official one. Rev. William Keller, organizer of the Christian observance, remained unrepentant this week. 'I'm not interested in organizing an interfaith event,' Keller told The Star Press. 'I don't know enough about them and don't know what they want.' Thomas Perchlik, pastor of the local Unitarian Universalist Church - who helped organize last year's interfaith alternative and this year's event - said Keller lost out because his attitude was 'divisive and very exclusive.'"