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Day of Peace celebrates different religions

September 21, 2010

Lansing community members Mahasi Mishra, left, and Shreelina Ghosh perform an Indian classical dance, Odissi, on Tuesday at Central United Methodist Church, 215 N. Capitol Ave, as part of the “Pathways to Peace” ceremony. The event brought together individuals from various faiths in the Lansing area to talk about their shared vision of peace in the world.

Photo by Matt Radick | The State News

Six different faiths came together Tuesday night for “Voices of Faith and Reason: Pathways to Peace,” an interfaith celebration of the International Day of Peace.

The event, sponsored by the Shalom Center for Justice & Peace, 215 N. Capitol Ave., and the MSU Campus Interfaith Council, included speakers representing Baha’i, Buddhists, Christians, Jews, Muslims and secular humanists. Each representative spoke on their approach to peace and their traditions’ perspectives.

This is the second year the Interfaith Council has celebrated the International Day of Peace, but the first year it’s been a formal sponsor of the program.

Rebecca Farnum, co-chair of MSU Campus Interfaith Council, said the council began planning for the event six months ago. Farnum said she was excited to introduce a secular humanist to the group of speakers this year.

“Last year we did not have secular humanism as part of the program, but now we’re bringing that into the fold,” Farnum said.

“Most of the organizers for this event are Christian, so it will be nice for those that are Christian to hear different voices that are not heard loudly enough in America.”

At the end of the celebration, guests could participate in “Unifying Our Pathways,” tying crepe ribbons together to create one large circle.

Organizers also collected donations for relief efforts for victims of the recent flood in Pakistan.

Penny Zago, chair of the guiding committee for the Shalom Center, said the center has held events on the International Day of Peace for several years.

Zago said she hopes people will leave feeling united to others.

“We are all taking different paths in life,” Zago said. “It’s not a six-lane highway, but we’re all going toward the same thing — working toward peace. I’m hoping people will feel the unity in what we do, and as long as they feel it was worth their time and it was meaningful to them, that’s the main goal.”

Communication senior Garrett Reinig came to the event with members from his group, the Wesley Foundation for MSU, a Methodist organization.

“We’re big on social justice and peace among all faiths, and I saw this event as a opportunity to participate in that,” Reinig said.

“I wanted to get a greater sense of understanding the perspectives of other faiths, and a better perspective of life in general.”

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