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In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Reno based Hindu statesman Rajan Zed and Episcopal Bishop of Utah Rt. Rev. Scott B. Hayashi met in Salt Lake City (Utah) on July seven and had a dialogue.
Meeting in Episcopal Diocese of Utah, two leaders discussed various topics, including harmonious living, dialogue, overcoming prejudices, love-compassion-respect-trust, finding common ground, etc. Executive Director of Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable Dr. Rev. Canon W. Ivan Cendese also participated.
Zed presented copies of Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord), ancient Hindu scripture, to Bishop Hayashi and Rev. Cendese.
Rajan Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, says that dialogue brings us reciprocal enrichment. In our shared exploration for truth, we should learn from each other and thus come nearer to the truth.
The Episcopal Diocese of Utah, whose history goes back to 1867, is a collection of 25 congregations and other ministries serving most of Utah and northern Arizona. The Diocese is part of the Episcopal Church, a Christian denomination headquartered in New York and member of Worldwide Anglican Communion, made up of 2-3 million worshipers in about 7500 congregations across and outside USA. Church claims to be both Protestant and Catholic and Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori is the Presiding Bishop.
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.