Baha'i News -- Earthfest folks see a turn to spirituality Mon 13-May-2002

Earthfest folks see a turn to spirituality

By Kurt Rentmeester
Sheboygan Press staff

Although there was plenty of music and storytelling, some participants Sunday at the 11th annual benefit for Earthfest said they noticed visitors this year trying to get in touch with their own spirituality.

People of all ages crowded Kiwanis Park Field House to raise funds for Earthfest. Kathy Alby, coordinator for the event, said she's encouraged by that trend. Earthfest will be held Aug. 10 at Fountain Park in Sheboygan.

Holding a copy of the 2,097-page book used by followers of Urantia. Duane Nigh said he avoids using terms like New Age when discussing his faith. "We have seen more of a God consciousness. Any tragedy changes your focus," Nigh said, referring to the Sept. 11 terrorism at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Kristine Pamenter, a follower of the Baha'i faith, said she is concerned about the decreasing tolerance toward other religions too many people are taking as they embrace nationalism. Those who follow Islam are being viewed as second class citizens by some clerics and extremists, for example, she said.

"That's not my view of God. God is a loving, kind compassionate God," Pamenter said. Reach Kurt Rentmeester at and 457-7711, Ext. 137.

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