Bahai News - Service for children brings faiths together
Service for children brings faiths together
By Mark Barrett, STAFF WRITER
Posted: 10-22-01 01:30
ASHEVILLE - About 175 area residents sang, prayed, clapped, meditated and
listened at an Interfaith Children's Service Sunday afternoon sponsored by
the advocacy group Children First.
The service at Stephens-Lee Community Center near downtown included
representatives of Buddhism, Bahaism, Judaism, American Indian beliefs and
several Christian denominations.
Concern for children represents "common ground" for different
religions and those attending Sunday, said the Rev. L.C. Ray. of Greater
New Zion Baptist Church.
"We all love our children and we all want the best for them as they go
through this life," Ray told the crowd.
"Let us leave from here and join hands together and say we are going to
continue to make a difference in a child's life," Ray said.
The service is cause for optimism, said Lynn Rosser, who represented
the local Bahai community in the service and who is pregnant.
"It makes a difference to see all of the representatives of all
of the religions and know that there’s a future that does hold
hope," Rosser said.
The service is an annual event for Children First, which advocates
for and provides services to children. Several organizations which
provide services benefiting children had booths set up for those
attending to visit after the service in what Children First called a
"children’s advocacy fair."
The service was quiet at times and loud at others.
Buddhist Robert Wootton at one point gently encouraged the audience
to meditate on keeping children "happy, healthy, safe and free from
The Hill Street Missionary Baptist Church High Steppers had some
attendants clapping along as they twisted, hopped, clapped and chanted
during a dance.
"I wish I had that much energy," Ray said after the youth
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