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World Religion Day

- January 18, 3:00 at the Gainesville Garden Club.

The third Sunday in January is annually celebrated as World Religion Day. It was established by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of theUnited States in 1950 as a way to encourage interfaith understanding.

The goal of the Interfaith Climate Group is to create unity for the process of building community in a changing climate. The personal commitment to peaceful relations with people and planet begins deep within each individual, regardless of their faith tradition.

Our topic was Inner Peace: A Path to World Peace. Our speakers included:

  • Alice Primack - Unitarian Universalist 
  • Ken-Liang Huang - Buddhist
  • Aqueela Khuddus - Council on American Islamist Relations
  • Vrinda Shakti - Indic/Vedic 
  • Dorinda Bogardus - Baha'i 
  • Pastor Kathryn McLean - Presbyterian 

Following the presentations, Kathryn McLean facilitated a meditative walk on the World Peace Labyrinth.

This program is part of a statewide initiative for Earth Charter +15. Participants shared their thoughts on Principle 16-F from the Earth Charter:

Recognize that peace is the wholeness created by right relationships with oneself, other persons, other cultures, other life, Earth, and the larger whole of which all are a part.