The board members behind Eugene’s Interfaith Prayer Service view the holiday season as a time for religious tolerance, understanding and dialogue.

Since it was created in 2001, the Interfaith Prayer Service has been bringing various religions together once a month to share their religious beliefs and practices.

“Interfaith is not trying to blend religions,” Interfaith board member Bill Harris said. “We try to share our religions and practices (and) find out the similarities and sincerities towards them.”

The theme for December’s service is “Lights of Peace and Fellowship.”

Harris, who is coordinating the December service, said that the light represents all the various manifestations of God and that peace and fellowship represent the embrace of each other’s differences.

Interfaith promotes tolerance at every monthly service. The nonprofit brings nine to 10 different religious representations to each service, though they try to bring Christian, Muslim and Jewish representatives to every gathering.



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3 Responses to From The Daily Emerald: Interfaith Prayer Service celebrates diversity during the holidays

  1. Alice says:

    What they’ve been doing in Eugene is truly inspiring, their monthly prayer meetings are a real force for good. It’s so nice to see people of different faiths coming together and working towards justice and peace.

  2. As far as a TRUE CHRISTIAN is concerned, there is no such thing as “Interfaith”.

    The Son of the Living God, the Lord Jesus Christ says “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me….John 14:6.

    Anyone who denies this biblical fact IS NOT Christian.

    • frankiefreds says:

      We have many Christians who are involved in World Faith. We do not require them to renounce their believes of exclusive truth. However, a practicing Christian can be involved in interfaith work. Jesus served for and with those who were not like him. This did not distract from the gospel, but in fact it was the realization of it.

      As a Christian myself (commenter here is World Faith’s Executive Director), If we can’t love mankind, God’s creation, like Jesus loved us, then we have failed the Great Commission, and lost sight of what it means to live like Jesus.

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