An interfaith gathering of religious leaders gathered beside New York Harbor, facing the Statue of Liberty, at 8 am yesterday morning, offering prayers of support and protection for the international marchers for The World March for Peace and Nonviolence. The event was opened and closed with a ceremonial flute.
In all, ten short prayers were offered, some sung, others spoken, with representatives of numerous religious and spiritual traditions: Shinto, Sikh, Methodist, Christian Science, Unitarian Universalist, Mennonite, Islam, Hindu, Buddhist and Community of Silo’s Message. Chris Wells spoke as spokesperson of the March, as well as a member of September 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows who had lost her brother on United 93. It was a beautiful and very moving ceremony for all who attended, and reminder of the commitment being made around the world in the next 93 days.
Slideshow Interfaith Blessing