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Prayers for Fort Wayne event is Sunday

Statement as issued Tuesday by the city of Fort Wayne:

Fort Wayne, Ind. – Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry today was joined by local religious and community leaders who will participate in the upcoming “Prayers for the City – A Celebration of One Community, Many Faiths.” Mayor Henry and the participants encouraged the public to attend the special service.

The prayer event will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5 at the downtown Performing Arts Center of the University of Saint Francis (the former Scottish Rite Auditorium); 431 W. Berry St.

The program and participant list was also released at today’s news conference. (The complete listing appears below)

The prayer service is free and open to the public. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item. The donated items will be shared with Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana and the food bank at the Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County.

The event will feature prayers, singing, dances, and readings. Religious traditions represented will include Baha’i; Buddhism; Christianity; Hinduism; Judaism; Islam; Sikhism; and Unitarian Universalism. Those who aren’t able to attend are asked to pray for the city in their places of worship.

Mayor Henry developed the program with assistance from Rev. Dr. Terry Anderson, Interfaith Hospitality Network; Amir J. Tamir Rasheed, Islamic Center of Fort Wayne; and Dr. Michael Spath, IPFW.

A reception with light refreshments will be held following the service.

Service details:

Pre-Service Music Aaron Smith; Eric Clancy

Introduction Amir J. Tamir Rasheed, Masjid Al-Quds, Fort Wayne Islamic Center

Dr. L. Michael Spath, Indiana Center for Middle East Peace; Religious Studies, IPFW

Opening Song Maestro Robert Nance, Members of Heartland Chamber Chorale and University of Saint Francis Singers

Adapted from The New Century Hymnal, The Pilgrim’s Press, 1995

New verses written by Rev. Dr. Terry Anderson

Welcome The Honorable Thomas C. Henry, Mayor, Fort Wayne

Muezzin Nur Salaam , Masjid Al-Quds, Fort Wayne Islamic Center

Shema Ryan Tom, Charles Replane, Temple Achduth Vesholom

Invocation Rev. Dr. John Gardner, Plymouth Congregational Church, UCC

Dance Children Dance Group, Indian Cultural Center

Peacemaker Readings

Aung San Suu Kyii Minn Myint Nan Tin, Burmese Advocacy Network

Elie Wiesel Marc Levy, Questa Foundation for Education

Leymal Gbowee Dr. Wendy Robinson, Fort Wayne Community Schools

Desmond Tutu Palermo Galindo, City of Fort Wayne

Shirin Ebadi Husanara Khan, Masjid Al-Quds, Fort Wayne Islamic Center

Mohandas Gandhi Geoff Paddock, 5th District, City of Fort Wayne

Martin Luther King Jr. Jonathan Ray, Fort Wayne Urban League

Song for Reflection Aaron Smith, Eric Clancy

Scriptures/Prayer

Baha’i Billy Howell-Sinnard, Baha’i Community of Fort Wayne

Buddhism Venerable Devananda, Indiana Buddhist Temple

Christianity Rev. Monsignor Robert Schulte, Vicar General, Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend

Hinduism Mr. Vish Gurudutt, Bhajan Society of Fort Wayne

Judaism Rabbi Mitchell Kornspan, Congregation B’nai Jacob

Islam Amir J. Tamir Rasheed, Masjid Al-Quds, Fort Wayne Islamic Center

Sikhism Tarlochan Singh, Priest, Dashmesh Sikh Gurdwara of Fort Wayne

Unitarian Universalism Rev. Misty-Dawn Shelly, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fort Wayne

Song Maestro Robert Nance, Members of Heartland Chamber Chorale and University of Saint Francis Singers

Litany Adapted from Jack Riemer, Likrat Shabbat, by Rev. Dr. Terry Anderson

Rev. Dr. Terry Anderson, Interfaith Hospitality Network

Rev. Kenneth Christmon, Turner Chapel AME; Diversity & Multi-Cultural Affairs, IPFW

Debby Beckman, YWCA Northeast Indiana

Rev. Saharra Bledsoe, Fort Wayne/Allen County NAACP

Rev. Arianne Lehn, First Presbyterian Church

Imam Nuh Abdullah, Universal Education Foundation

Heather Presley-Cowan, Housing and Neighborhood Services, City of Fort Wayne

Rev. Roger Reece, Associated Churches of Fort Wayne & Allen County

Prayer of St. Francis Dr. Carl Jylland Halverson, University of Saint Francis

Bodhisattva Prayer John Beams, Center for Nonviolence

Closing Song Director Marshall White, Voices of Unity

Sending Forth Dr. L. Michael Spath, Indiana Center for Middle East Peace; Religious Studies, IPFW

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