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UNR urged to provide an interfaith chapel
by Tribune Staff
Jan 23, 2012 | 792 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — Various religious leaders from northern Nevada have urged the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) to provide an interfaith chapel on the campus, according to local Hindu leader Rajan Zed.

In a letter to UNR President Marc Johnson, the panel of leaders wrote, “We are religious leaders of different religions and denominations requesting you to provide an interfaith prayer room/chapel centrally located on the University of Nevada, Reno, campus so that the spiritual needs of students from the diversity of all of our faiths are met. We request a meeting with you at your earliest convenience to discuss the interfaith initiative at greater length.”

Signatories on this letter include: Thomas Butler, pastor of Sparks United Methodist Church; Sarah Canak, UNR student president of Women’s Federation for World Peace; Stephen Child of American Clergy Leadership Conference; Anthony Hemmert, president of Latter-Day Saints Student Association; Gene Savoy Jr., president of Nevada Clergy Association; Sherif A. Elfass, president of Northern Nevada Muslim Community; Stefani Schatz, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church; Troy Tisthammer of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship; Rajan Zed, president of Universal Society of Hinduism; Phil Bryan, priest at the Reno Buddhist Center; ElizaBeth W. Beyer, rabbi of Temple Beth Or; Somayya Beekun, president of the Muslim Students Association; Bradley S. Corbin, Baha’i teacher; Ellyn Bryans-Darrah, priestess of Children of Temple Earth; Michael K. Bolingbroke, director of Reno Nevada Institute of Religion; Ahmad Saad, president of Graduate Chapter of Muslim Student Association; Nicholas Frey, public affairs representative of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; Master John of Universal Life Church; and others.

Zed urged UNR to follow the lead of other universities by providing a room or chapel for prayer, meditation or quiet reflection and spiritual exercise.
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