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Faiths coming together at Nevada Religious Freedom and Unity Day in Reno Sunday



Various faiths will come together on a single platform at the Nevada Freedom and Unity Day event at City Plaza in Reno at 4 p.m. tomorrow.

Coordinated by Reverend Neal T. Anderson, minister of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada, various participants include Reverend Gene Savoy Junior (International Community of Christ), Imam Abdulrahim Barghouthi (Muslim), Rajan Zed (Hindu), Rabbi Elizabeth Beyer (Jewish), Reverend Rich Smith (Congregational United Church of Christ), Reverend John Emerson (Methodist), Kendrah Fredricksen (Lutheran), Roya Galata (Baha’i), Shirley Diaz (University of Nevada-Reno), Iris West and more.

Prayers, speeches and music will form part of this event to honor religious freedom, unity and diversity.

According to Anderson, this gathering is a celebration of religious diversity and freedom, meant to combat religious discrimination. He plans to make it an annual event on the second Sunday of September each year to bring different faiths together on issues of common interest.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, says that despite our seriously different beliefs, we should learn to live together in mutual trust and peace. Existence of different traditions is a sign of God’s bountifulness.

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