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City's diverse faiths come together

• Local Interfaith Council celebrates National Prayer Day.

Posted: May 2, 2008 12:39 a.m.
Updated: July 3, 2008 5:02 a.m.

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There were prayers for unity and prayers for peace.

In several languages, members of the Santa Clarita Valley Interfaith Council celebrated the National Day of Prayer outside of Santa Clarita City Hall on Thursday and joined in praying for the local community.

Anil Sharma, a Hindu, cited a peace verse from the Vedas. "O'Lord everyone in your world should be happy, healthy and prosperous. Nobody see the sorrow," he said.

The event followed the Mayors Prayer Breakfast hosted by The Dunamis group, a group of Christian businessmen.

George McLeary, a Lutheran pastor at the Church of Hope and president of the Interfaith Council, has criticized the Mayors Prayer Breakfast for its exclusive nature.

"I think it's important to have an event where the entire city is represented," McLeary said.

Rabbi Mark Blazer from Temple Beth Ami said, "May peace reign within our borders and harmony within our communities."

Rev. Ricky Hoyt of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita, said in a prayer, "May we today deeply feel your presence each of us, every human heart to every human heart. No one anywhere left out."

Erik Felker, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church, said he attended the mutli-faith event because he appreciates learning about other faiths.

"We not only tolerate each other, but we look to other faiths for the wisdom they have," he said.

Other faiths represented at the event included Baha'i, Buddhist, pagan and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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