Nevada Religious Freedom & Unity Day opened with Hindu invocation

Rajan Zed Nevada Invocation
Hindu leader Rajan Zed reading the invocation at the Nevada Religious Freedom and Unity Day.

Reno, Nevada, Sept 20, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio USA) Nevada Religious Freedom and Unity Day event in Reno (Nevada, USA) on September 19 had Hindu invocation.

After event coordinator Reverend Neal T. Anderson, Minister of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada, launched the event at City Plaza, Hindu leader Rajan Zed read from ancient Hindu scriptures Rig-Veda and Upanishads.

Other participants included: Reverend Gene Savoy Junior (International Community of Christ), Rabbi Elizabeth Beyer (Jewish), Imam Abdulrahim Barghouthi (Muslim), Reverend Rich Smith (Congregational United Church of Christ), Nicholas F. Frey (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), Reverend John Emerson (Methodist), Kendrah Fredricksen (Lutheran), Roya Galata (Baha’i), Rita Sloan (Roman Catholic), Shirley Diaz (University of Nevada-Reno), etc. Prayers, speeches and music formed part of this event to honor religious freedom, unity and diversity.

According to Reverend Anderson, this gathering was a celebration of religious diversity and freedom, meant to combat religious discrimination. He plans to make it an annual event, to be held on second Sunday of September each year, to bring different faiths together on one platform.

Rajan 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.