Christians of various denominations, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, Baha’is and others will share food, music, games, prayers, a “peace cake,” etc., and will try to find similarities between their diverse traditions at the second annual “Heal the World Interfaith Picnic of Nevada” on July 31.
In addition, the participants, who include clergy as well as congregations, will help the less fortunate by donating food items to area food bank Friends in Service Helping. Clergy and spiritual leaders will address the picnic goers on helping others and adhering to the Golden Rule. The picnic’s goal is to donate 1,000 food items. A raffle for gift baskets will support Carson City Animal Shelter, the Wildland Fuels Reduction Project and Heifer International.
Hindu leader Rajan Zed will open the picnic with Gayatri Mantra in Sanskrit, considered the most sacred mantra in Hinduism. The picnic will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at Mills Park, Pavilions B and C. Organizers expect about 500 participants and urge each one to bring at least one food item for donation.
Participating organizations include First United Methodist Church of Carson City, St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, Unity of the Sierra, Universal Society of Hinduism, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Temple Bat Yam, Northern Nevada Muslim Community, Reno Buddhist Center, St. Gall Catholic Church, St. Paul’s Lutheran Family, Baha’i Faith of Carson City, Center for Spiritual Living in Carson City and the Padma Rigdzin Ling Buddhist Center.