PEOPLE of different faiths will come together to pray for peace at a Darlington event on Saturday.
Representatives of Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, Baha’i and other faiths will attend Bridges to Peace, an interfaith prayer gathering organised by the Mundaring Baha’i Community and Anglican Parish of Darlington-Bellevue.
The event’s title recognises that religion can be the cause of division and violence but that most people of faith seek understanding and mutual respect.
The interfaith prayer gathering will run for 45 minutes and feature prayers, readings and music from several faith traditions, followed by refreshments.
The intention is to create an inspiring, respectful space.
Anglican parish of Darlington-Bellevue rector the Reverend Chris Bedding said he had been privileged to pray alongside people of many faiths around the world.
“Praying alongside someone else enables us each to preserve our conscientiously held beliefs while also cherishing one another’s humanity,” he said.
Mundaring Baha’i Community’s Susheel Croft said as Baha’is they regularly hosted interfaith devotional gatherings at their homes.
“I am very committed to the betterment of the world. I respect and value the unique gifts of each faith tradition,” she said.
“I am very excited about these steps we are taking in collaboration with our local Anglican Parish, building these bridges to peace.”
People will have the opportunity to pray side-by-side, learn a little more about one another’s beliefs and reflect on the harmony of all people.
There will be no sermon or collection at the gathering, which will be held at 3pm at St Cuthbert’s Anglican Church, corner of Darlington and Hillsden roads.
It has been inspired by the Light of Unity Festival, celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of the founder of the Baha’i faith, Baha’u’llah.
It is hoped that this will be the first of many regular interfaith prayer gatherings in The Hills, with the next scheduled for November 11. Members of other faith traditions are invited to make contact.