World Religion Day Attracts Hundreds

January 21, 2007


Source: North County Times

Two by two, little boys and girls of different faiths made their way through a room full of community members at the Poway Community Center on Sunday afternoon, placing flowers and the holy books of their religions on a table at the front of the gathering.

The procession of children was meant to symbolize the unity and oneness of all world religions, which was precisely the goal of Poway's fifth annual World Religion Day celebration.

"The procession of religions sets the tone for the entire event," said Diedre Merrill, chairwoman of the Baha'i spiritual assembly in Poway, which co-sponsored the event along with the Poway Interfaith Council.

"These children are free of prejudice and carry their holy books with such reverence that gives validity and honor to world religions," she said, adding that each book represents an essential chapter in the book of God's religion.

Established in 1950 by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'i Faith in the United States, World Religion Day is meant to foster understanding and harmony by emphasizing the common denominators underlying all religions.