Ebola focus of multi-faith prayers in Governor’s Mansion
Liberia has been declared as Ebola-free and religious statesman Rajan Zed points out that multi-faith clergy praying together helped.
Faith leaders from various traditions prayed together in Nevada Governor’s Mansion in Carson City on Nov. 13 seeking God’s mercy on Ebola and for its worldwide victims and their loved ones and care providers.
Organized by Zed, it included prayers by Christian (various denominations), Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Baha’i, etc., religious leaders.
Rajan Zed, president of Universal Society of Hinduism, speaking on the occasion, stressed that as religious leaders, it was their sacred duty to pray to God seeking God’s mercy on Ebola.
Zed urged religious leaders worldwide to organize multi-faith prayers displaying their unity and whole-hearted support in the international fight against Ebola and seeking divine mercy to halt its spread, as it still continues to exist in some countries outside Liberia. Reaching out to God always helped as God was full of mercy, Zed added.
Besides Rajan Zed, who recited Gayatri Mantra, various religious leaders who prayed in the service in view of worldwide Ebola crisis included Church of God in Christ Bishop Luther James DuPree Junior, International Community of Christ Chancellor Sean Savoy, Roman Catholic Sister Marie McGloin, Northern Nevada Muslim Community President Sherif A. Elfass, Buddhist Priest Matthew T. Fisher, Jewish Rabbi ElizaBeth W. Beyer, Baha’i teacher Roya Galata, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Area Seventy George Marion Keele, United Methodist Senior Pastor Dawn M. Pidlypchak, Lutheran Pastor Paul J. Bodin, etc. United States Senator Dean Heller sent a signed Certificate for the occasion recognizing this Multi-Faith Prayer Service, saying, “Your compassion is commendable and greatly appreciated.”
Devastating and horrifying Ebola virus disease reportedly killed 11,079 people, while its 26,720 cases were reported in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria and USA. Liberia and World Health Organization made the Ebola-free Liberia announcement on May nine after 42 days without a new case, while it is still not over in the neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea. Ebola results in diarrhea, fever, vomiting, bleeding and rashes.