Bahai News - Annual peace service adds justice to theme
Friday, December 29, 2000
Annual peace service adds justice to theme
By Chris Mayhew
The Cincinnati Enquirer
NEWPORT - Representatives from all major faiths throughout Greater Cincinnati
will gather across the street from the World Peace Bell on Sunday in the
ballroom of the Syndicate restaurant for the second annual Interfaith Service
in Celebration of World Peace.
The first service last year brought area religious leaders together at
the base of the World Peace Bell.
"Last year, the theme at the bell on New Year's Eve was peace," said Cynthia
Goodman, Millennium Monument creative director and education director. "This
year, we have expanded the theme to peace and justice."
Organizers decided to give each faith an opportunity to discuss justice
because the group wanted to have an impact on the world at large, Ms.
For example, the Baha'i faith, which was founded in 19th-century Persia, is
concerned with the equality of men and women.
Because of the program's success last year, more religions are getting
involved this year, Karen Dabdoub, the administrator for the Islamic Center
of Greater Cincinnati, said.
"What I see happening is relationships are being built by people of faith
in the Cincinnati area, and that's good by itself," she said.
Ms. Dabdoub said she hopes the relationships will encourage more tolerance,
trust and acceptance.
The program, 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the restaurant at 18 E. Fifth St., includes
dancing and singing and will conclude with the ringing of the World Peace
Among those in the religious community attending the service: the Rev.
William F. Cleves, a diocesan priest and president of Thomas More College;
Rabbi Abie Ingber, executive director, Hillel Jewish Student Center; Vir
Jain, a member of the Jain Center of Cincinnati and Dayton; and Brennan
Hill, chairman of Xavier University's department of theology.
The service will include the Jain children's dance group, a children's
procession with flags from different countries, American Indian songs and
dances, a Hindu chorus and the Northern Kentucky Interdenominational
Ministerial Alliance Community Choir.
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