Prayer for Immigrant Families Planned At Bridgewater's Gurudwara Temple

February 17, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Somerset Reporter

Leaders and members of diverse faith traditions will gather 3-5 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Gurudwara Temple to pray for immigrant families who have been torn apart by the current immigration system.

Stating that national immigration policy has left whole communities devastated and created fear and pain for many immigrant families, an interfaith coalition comprised of area spiritual and religious traditions will come together to pray for healing and reconciliation and to express a common belief that each of their traditions teaches that the stranger should be welcomed.

The coalition plans to insist on full protection for immigrants, and urge their faith communities to speak out and take action on their behalf, and to demand that Congress meaningful action toward reform of immigration policies respectful of the dignity of all people.

The prayer service will serve to launch an inter religious dialog sponsored by the Somerset County Cultural Diversity Coalition's Interfaith Forum. Representatives of the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain and Ba'hai traditions will come together for a public workshop series titled "Paths to Truth."

The four planned presentations will tell the stories of the struggles and beliefs of each spiritual tradition in order to promote interfaith understanding among the area's diverse religious communities.