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Interfaith forum at RGJ completes 2 years, launches website



nevada-faith-forum-website-launched-february-05-2013-490x370-3787604-8223042“Faith Forum,” a highly popular one-of-a-kind weekly dialogue on religion at a Pulitzer winner Gannett publication in Nevada, completed two years and the “Nevada Faith Forum” website was launched on Feb. 5.

The purpose of the website is to take the message of interfaith dialogue and harmony initiated by “Faith Forum” further to the global audience.

Sparks Mayor Geno R. Martini clicked to launch the website at the Reno Gazette-Journal conference hall in Reno.

Besides Martini, RGJ Publisher John Maher, RGJ Executive Editor Beryl Love, “Faith Forum Coordinator” Rajan Zed, Roman Catholic Diocese of Reno Chancellor Brother Matthew Cunningham, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Area Public Affairs Director Nicholas F. Frey, Reno Buddhist Center Priest Reverend Jikai’ Phil Bryan and Saint Anthony Greek Orthodox Church elder George Anastassatos also spoke on the occasion.

The Northern Nevada Muslim Community developed this website and has promised to maintain it with the help of various faith communities of the region. NNMC President Dr. Sherif A. Elfass explained at the launch how this website would further the cause of interfaith harmony in the region and the world.

Rajan Zed, president of Universal Society of Hinduism, who has been bestowed with the “World Interfaith Leader Award,” leads a panel of leaders of various religions and denominations to produce this weekly discussion forum, involving important religious issues affecting the area-country-world. Panelists currently include Cunningham, Dr. Stephen Bond (Christian Church), Father Stephen Karcher (Greek Orthodox), Frey, Elfass, Bryan, Rabbi ElizaBeth W. Beyer (Jewish), Dr. Bradley S. Corbin (Baha’i), Dr. Kenneth G. Lucey (religion professor), Monique Jacobs (Roman Catholic) and Sharla S. Hales (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).

Love says that this forum is a model on how to engage the community on a subject matter that touches their daily lives and hearts. Zed points out, “This widely read column is for constructive dialogue, and this dialogue effort has brought more mutual understanding and trust and loyalty in the community.”

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