Many Faiths Share Stage At San Bernardino Prayer Breakfast

May 7, 2009

Author: Andrew Edwards

Source: The Sun

Mayor Pat Morris and local spiritual leaders celebrated the city's religious diversity during the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast on Thursday.

"Adonai. Allah. Spirit. Yeshua. Savior. Mother Earth. Lord God. We use different names, but each implies a recognition that there is something beyond us, a higher power," said Rabbi Hillel Cohn of Temple Emanu El while delivering the invocation.

Cohn went on to ask those assembled Valencia Room of the National Orange Show Events Center to take part in a moment of silence.

The Mayor's Prayer Breakfast coincided with this year's commemoration of the National Day of Prayer, which President Truman proclaimed in 1952.

More than six decades later, the National Day of Prayer Task Force, an Evangelical nonprofit that is not part of the federal government, promotes the day for worship in accordance with Judeo-Christian worship. The mayor's breakfast was much more ecumenical. The event recognized Buddhism, Islam and the traditional beliefs of the San Manuel Band of Serrano Indians as well as Judaism and Christianity.

"Our city is not only the oldest and most historic city in the Inland Empire, we are the most culturally and religiously diverse," Morris said.