On Sunday evening, November 19, 2017, Guru Nanak Darbar hosted a Thanksgiving interfaith prayer service at the Gurdwara Sahib in Niskayuna. The program was organized by the Schenectady Clergy Against Hate, a religious community coalition (of which Guru Nanak Darbar is a proud member) that brings together a large number of houses of worship of various faiths in the Schenectady and Niskayuna areas. The coalition seeks to build a rapport and brotherhood among the worshippers of many faiths in our local area, and to spread a message of brotherhood, solidarity and social action to foster these energies.
The interfaith prayer service program was attended by the leaders and the congregations of various faiths. About 300 persons were in attendance at the Gurdwara Sahib. The program included prayers from individual faith leaders, a unity prayer in unison by all houses of worship, a talk by a native American representative, and a number of musical passages. Following the prayer program, everyone shared a vegetarian meal prepared by volunteers of the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara Sahib. The event received extensive media coverage, including from the Albany Times Union, WNYT (Channel 13) and WRGB (Channel 6).
The houses of worship represented at the interfaith service included: Temple Gates of Heaven (Niskayuna); Congregation Agudat Achim (Niskayuna); Islamic Center of the Capital District; Trinity Reformed Church; First Reformed Church of Schenectady; Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady; First Reformed Church of Scotia; St. Kateria Tekawitha Parish; Messiah Luthern Church; First Methodist Church of Schenectady; Emanuel Friedens Church; and others.
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