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Church hosts interfaith service

September 11, 2006

The theme of Compassion: Living Together in Unity was celebrated recently at Christ's Reformed Church UCC in Hagerstown, with representatives of the five major world religions in attendance.

Tibetan Buddhist Khenpo-Tsultrim Tenzin was the main speaker at the fifth annual event.

Also participating were Hindu leader Dr. Bibhas Bandy; Rabbi Fred Raskind of Congregation B'nai Abraham; Imam Qasim Burmi of the Islamic Society of Western Maryland; Christ's Reformed's Associate Minister Becky Hoover; and Christ Reformed's Senior Minister Don Stevenson.

In addition, Terry and Charlene Connell provided a youth presentation on Buddhism and its emphasis on compassion.

The Aug. 13 service was followed by a social and a forum led by Tenzin.

Stevenson said the importance of the annual unity services is pointing out that the one thing common among the five major religions of the world is the love of God and the love of others.

He added that in these days of violence and diversity, it is important for all of God's people to come together, stand together and declare together a unity that surpasses differences and speaks the peace that every faith tradition desires.

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