Various Religions Find Common Ground

February 13, 2009

Author: Eileen Soler

Source: The Miami Herald

Participants at World Religion Day took the Bible passage from the book of Isaiah to heart: The wolf will lie down with a lamb, the leopard with a goat, the calf with a lion and a little child will lead them.

Last weekend, children of Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, Zoroastrian, Native American and Bahai faiths brought families together in peace to prove that religious hatred that divides other nations need not exist here.

''Today, we recognize those groups that teach children good things and we see that the children are learning well. Today, we celebrate life,'' said organizer Nosrat Scott, a member of the Bahai Community of Pembroke Pines, which co-sponsored the event, along with the Southwest Regional Library and Broward Chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA. It attracted about 300 people from 12 Broward houses of worship.

Children from each organization took the stage at the Susan B. Katz Theater of the Performing Arts in Pembroke Pines to sing, recite poetry and stories, dance and play musical instruments that represented their religion. The day was designed to bolster respect, understanding, tolerance and unity, Scott said.