Pray­ing for peace

Hills Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Lau­ren Pe­den

PEO­PLE of dif­fer­ent faiths will come to­gether to pray for peace at a Dar­ling­ton event on Satur­day.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Hindu, Mus­lim, Bud­dhist, Christian, Baha’i and other faiths will at­tend Bridges to Peace, an in­ter­faith prayer gath­er­ing or­gan­ised by the Mundaring Baha’i Com­mu­nity and Angli­can Par­ish of Dar­ling­ton-Belle­vue.

The event’s ti­tle recog­nises that re­li­gion can be the cause of di­vi­sion and vi­o­lence but that most peo­ple of faith seek un­der­stand­ing and mu­tual re­spect.

The in­ter­faith prayer gath­er­ing will run for 45 min­utes and fea­ture prayers, read­ings and mu­sic from sev­eral faith tra­di­tions, fol­lowed by re­fresh­ments.

The in­ten­tion is to cre­ate an in­spir­ing, re­spect­ful space.

Angli­can par­ish of Dar­ling­ton-Belle­vue rec­tor the Rev­erend Chris Bed­ding said he had been priv­i­leged to pray along­side peo­ple of many faiths around the world.

“Pray­ing along­side some­one else en­ables us each to pre­serve our con­sci­en­tiously held be­liefs while also cher­ish­ing one an­other’s hu­man­ity,” he said.

Mundaring Baha’i Com­mu­nity’s Susheel Croft said as Baha’is they reg­u­larly hosted in­ter­faith devotional gath­er­ings at their homes.

“I am very com­mit­ted to the bet­ter­ment of the world. I re­spect and value the unique gifts of each faith tra­di­tion,” she said.

“I am very ex­cited about these steps we are tak­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion with our lo­cal Angli­can Par­ish, build­ing these bridges to peace.”

Peo­ple will have the op­por­tu­nity to pray side-by-side, learn a lit­tle more about one an­other’s be­liefs and re­flect on the har­mony of all peo­ple.

There will be no ser­mon or col­lec­tion at the gath­er­ing, which will be held at 3pm at St Cuth­bert’s Angli­can Church, cor­ner of Dar­ling­ton and Hills­den roads.

It has been in­spired by the Light of Unity Fes­ti­val, cel­e­brat­ing the bi­cen­te­nary of the birth of the founder of the Baha’i faith, Baha’u’llah.

It is hoped that this will be the first of many reg­u­lar in­ter­faith prayer gath­er­ings in The Hills, with the next sched­uled for Novem­ber 11. Mem­bers of other faith tra­di­tions are in­vited to make con­tact.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt d472816

Baha’i prac­ti­tioner Susheel Croft and Angli­can rec­tor Chris Bed­ding.

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