March 25, 2011, 1:34 PM
“The images of Tsunami and earthquake in Japan are so vicious and depressing to watch…and now horrifying stories of leakage of radiation are making our minds numb… Our heartfelt condolences and sympathies go out to the people of Japan”, were the opening words of host— Rev. Will Sparks of Northwood United Church of Surrey who along with Acharya S.P.Dwivedi organized the interfaith prayer for Japan on March 17, 2011.
“Prayer is a unique gift given by God only to human beings. Actually, it is a spiritual force that transfers all conflicts into love and harmony. It carries incredible healing power,” said Dwivedi who emceed and invited the religious leaders to rendering the peace prayer one after another: Alna Bergstrome ( Bahai),
Sukanya ( Barhmkumari), Rev. Siri Niwasa (Buddhism), Yogo Kihara (Japanese United Church), Pundit Prameya Chaitanya (Hindu Dharma), Imam Al Khaliq and M.Afzal Malik (Islam), Gyan Chand Singhai (Jain), Rabbi Lindsey Joseph prayer was read by S.Vinning, Dr.J.Das (Kabir Panth), Gale Spicks (Scientology), Giani G.S.Kotli (Sikh), Rev. Trish Schwartzberg (Unitarian), Rev.Alan R. Wilding (World Peace and Unification) and Tooraj Khodabakhshi (Zoroastrian).Rev.Will Sparks lead the mass peace prayer in which about 100 peace lovers of several faiths in circle, with lighted candles in their hands, took part. People gave generously donation to the relief fund for Japan.
Northwood United Church, Global Clergy Association of Canada, Multifaith Action Society and Surrey Neighboring Faiths sponsored the event.