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Interfaith prayers Sunday at Saint Francis' Performing Arts Center

Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 12:01 am

People of many faiths will come together to celebrate those faiths and what they add to the Fort Wayne community during the Prayers for the City – A Celebration of One Community, Many Faiths service from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the University of Saint Francis Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry St.

The event will feature prayers, singing, dances and readings from people of the faiths, which include Baha'i; Buddhism; Christianity; Hinduism; Judaism; Islam; Sikhism; and Unitarian Universalism.

A reception with light refreshments will follow the service.

The event is free and open to the public. People are asked to bring a nonperishable food item, which will be donated to the food bank system of Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County and to Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana.

Mayor Tom Henry proposed the service because he believes the community will benefit from a day of joint prayer by people of the many faiths who live here, he said previously. Many also don't know each other, and the service will give them an opportunity to meet.

The service will include music by local choral group Heartland Sings and the University of Saint Francis Singers and readings from noted peacemakers, such as Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Jewish author and political activist Elie Wiesel, South African anti-apartheid leader Bishop Desmond Tutu, Indian peace leader Mohandas Gandhi, and late American civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Prayers or readings from the various faiths' scriptures also will read by representatives of each faith.