Interfaith Prayer Service Marks Opening of UN General Assembly

September 21, 2006

Source: Sikh Sanghat

On September 21, 2006 the Sikh Sanghat reported, "Religious leaders representing up to 30 faith traditions from all over the world attended an interfaith prayer service on Sept 12th to mark the opening of the 61st United Nations General Assembly. The introductions were led by Hiro Sakurai, Committee of Religious NGOs and Rev. William Tully, St. Bartholomew’s Church. This was followed by prayers from the Native American, Buddhist, Muslim, Baha'i, Shinto, Taoist, Sikh, Hindu, Jewish, African Traditional Religions, Yoruba and the Zoroastrian prayers. The event, which was organized by the Interfaith Center for New York and co-sponsored by UNITED SIKHS, was held at the St. Bartholomew’s church, NYC. Amongst the dignitaries who attended were: the new president of the United Nations General Assembly Haya Rashed Al-Khalifa, the non-resident ambassadors to Belgium, Switzerland, and Spain, and a permanent delegate to UNESCO."