Multi-faith clergy pray at Governor’s Mansion seeking God’s mercy on Ebola victims
November 15, 2014
In a remarkable interfaith gesture, faith leaders from various traditions prayed together in Nevada Governor's Mansion in Carson City on Thursday seeking God's mercy on worldwide victims of Ebola and their loved ones and care providers.
Organized by Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, it included prayers by Christian (various denominations), Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish and Baha'i religious leaders.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, speaking on the occasion, stressed although lot of work was being done in the medical field world over regarding Ebola, as religious leaders, it was our sacred duty to pray to God seeking God's mercy on Ebola victims.
Rajan 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. Reaching out to God always helped as God was full of mercy, Zed added.
Besides Zed, who recited Gayatri Mantra, various religious leaders who prayed in view of the worldwide Ebola crisis included Church of God in Christ Bishop Luther James DuPree Jr., 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 and Lutheran Pastor Paul J. Bodin.
U.S. Sen. Dean Heller sent a signed Certificate for the occasion recognizing this Multi-Faith Prayer Service, saying "Your compassion is commendable and greatly appreciated."
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