Some of the participants in the multi-faith invocation, from left to right are: Sherif A. Elfass, Matthew T. Fisher, Shelley L. Fisher, Anastacia Sullivan, Rajan Zed, David L. Mathis, Brian E. Melendez and Rigoberto Ruano Mireles.

Some of the participants in the multi-faith invocation, from left to right are: Sherif A. Elfass, Matthew T. Fisher, Shelley L. Fisher, Anastacia Sullivan, Rajan Zed, David L. Mathis, Brian E. Melendez and Rigoberto Ruano Mireles.

Multi-faith invocation launched “Earth Day” celebrations in Nevada on April 26.

Religious statesman Rajan Zed directed this special multi-faith invocation; which included Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish and Native American prayers focused on healthier environment and respecting the nature of the planet we live on.

This over 20-years old annual all-day free event in Reno’s about 40-acres Idlewild Park attracted thousands of people from all over the region in Nevada and nearby California.

Dozens of non-profit groups participated in this event, which included few hundred exhibits, various workshops, interactive activities, stages with live entertainment, arts and crafts, food and drinks, games and prizes. Various themed areas formed part of the celebrations. Philosophy behind the “Earth Day” celebrations includes respect-protect-explore-engage in the Nature of the planet. Organizers included Anastacia Sullivan and Heather Howell.

Religious leaders who prayed included Rigoberto Ruano Mireles (Roman Catholic), David L. Mathis (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), Sherif A. Elfass (Muslim), Rajan Zed (Hindu), Shelley L. Fisher (Buddhist), Daniel R. Sanchez (Jewish) and Brian E. Melendez (Native American).

Quoting ancient scriptures, Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out: “We may believe in different religions, yet we share the same home—our Earth. We must learn to happily progress or miserably perish together. For man can live individually but can only survive collectively”.