Sacramento-Area Interfaith Group Holds Annual Service

January 26, 2009

Author: Robert Lewis

Source: The Sacramento Bee

People of all faiths from the Sacramento area gathered in Davis on Sunday afternoon to look past their differences in an effort to foster understanding – and they had to look past plenty.

Attacks in Mumbai, India, and strife in Gaza; the seemingly endless conflict in Iraq, and Afghanistan threatening to get worse.

They were participating in the annual Celebration of Abraham – an interfaith gathering where Muslims, Jews, Christians and people of other faiths gather to celebrate their beliefs and learn about others' beliefs.

"In the very beginning we all thought we were different and worshipped a different God," said Hamza El Nakhal, who helped start the event shortly after the 9/11 attacks. "The similarities among us far exceed the differences."

About 200 people took part in this year's celebration at St. James Catholic Church in Davis.

The theme was forgiveness.

See also: Interfaith