Women of diverse faiths unite to share spirituality
Women of diverse faiths unite
to share spirituality
Mark I. Pinsky
of The Sentinel Staff
Published in The Orlando Sentinel on September 23,
Central Florida's largest and longest-running interfaith prayer
gathering convenes tonight, bringing together more than 1,000 women from
Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Baha'i religions.
The spectrum of Christian faiths alone represented at the 13th annual
Women's Interfaith Prayer Celebration, sponsored by Florida Hospital,
includes Protestants, Catholics and Seventh-day Adventists.
"Thirteen years ago, as part of Florida Hospital's mission to treat the
whole person -- mind, body and spirit -- we started the Interfaith
Prayer Celebration," said Mary Lou Cummings, the event's chairwoman.
"It's a wonderful event where women from all different faiths join
together to share life experiences through stories and music. This event
truly celebrates our commonalities, rather than focusing on our
diversity," she said.
Featured on the program at this year's sold-out dinner at the Expo
Centre are prayers, songs, poetry and dance illustrating the theme,
"Mirror of the Soul: Reflecting God's Love."
A local trio of Jewish teenagers called Visions will open and close the
program with selections from their first CD, Living the Dream.
The girls -- Amy Turner, Andra London and Talia Osteen -- got their
start singing in religious services at Congregation Ohev Shalom in
Their CD is a mix of traditional and contemporary religious songs, some
in Hebrew, as well as Broadway show tunes and inspirational songs
written by members of the group. The group's distinctive, three-part
harmony has made the trio increasingly popular around the country, but
the teens acknowledge that the group's future may be limited.
"I think we'll expand for the next two years, increase our repertoire,"
said Andra, 15. "But then Talia leaves for college. I never really
thought it would last forever. I think it's a great experience. I'm
really happy it got this big."
Tongelia Milton of the Sentinel staff contributed to this
[Posted 09/22/1999 11:05 PM EST]
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