Source: The Journal News
On January 10, 2005 The Journal News reported, "Religious leaders assembled yesterday to proclaim world peace and foster an understanding of people's differences and common bonds. Nine colorful batik banners with symbols representing the world's major religions and cultures were unveiled during a morning service at Memorial United Methodist Church. The flags — representing Baha'ism, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, Christianity and American Indians — will hang in the chapel below 40 flags of nations around the world. 'We live in an interfaith community — in our world right now we need to talk and share,' the Rev. Joe Agne said as he watched 18 children from the church's Sunday school line up to carry the nearly 5-foot-high cloth symbols."