Participants at the multi-faith service. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed is behind the traditional lamp.

Participants at the multi-faith service. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed is behind the traditional lamp.

A multi-faith prayer service was held in Reno (Nevada) on November seven, the evening before the General Election of November eight.

Various Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Atheist, etc., leaders participated in this Service at South Reno United Methodist Church (SRUMC); which was open to all.

Besides prayers; it included meditation, greeting one another, lighting of candles, readings, etc. Sharing the Bread of Peace together “as a symbol of community and care for one another” also formed part of the Service.

Starting with Gayatri mantra, considered the most sacred mantra of Hinduism, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed read the invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, says that this interfaith gesture displaying unity, love and harmony was a step in the positive direction at the crucial moment for the nation.

Reverend Dawn Flower Blundell is Senior Pastor at SRUMC, whose tagline is: “Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.”