Interfaith Prayer for Peace in Seattle

January 1, 2003

Source: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

On January 1, 2003 The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that "hundreds of men, women and children gathered at Green Lake to take time out for peace... Before taking to the 2.7-mile path around the lake, the walkers gathered in a circle near the Green Lake Community Center to hear prayers, songs and chants from representatives of a variety of religious and spiritual traditions... 'As the new year is born, may we be reborn with the resources we need to be true peacemakers in this troubled word,' prayed the Rev. Donald Mackenzie Jr. of University Congregational United Church of Christ... In his invocation, Rabbi Ted Falcon of Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue in Bellevue said, 'Peace is not only to be prayed for, but to be pursued as well.'... Musicians from the Vedanta Society performed a song from their Hindu-influenced repertoire. Jamal Rahman, a minister at Interfaith Community Church, chanted an Islamic blessing."