06 Dissolving Religious Differences to make a Safe Society - Sr. Antonette Jesumani DSP

posted Feb 20, 2019, 9:48 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Feb 20, 2019, 9:48 AM ]
Report of 26th All-Religion Prayer and Get-together

Religion plays a vital role in everyone's life. Different faiths have a variety of things common in their teachings, their portrayal of God and their explanation of God's purpose. They share some basic tenets within the realm of human relations – for instance, every faith teaches respect for parents, love for children, fellow beings and the whole Creation. All faiths lead to the Creator; we see each faith exerting its influence to unite humankind in peace.

It was this idea that led to the founding of the Interreligious Get-together 26 years ago, which today has become an eagerly-awaited annual event. Dr Sr Pauline Chakkalakal, dsp is the originator, architect and the driving force behind this initiative. While Sr Pauline works tirelessly, she is backed by a highly motivated and dedicated team drawn from the Daughters of St. Paul, BUILD-Bandra, Bandra Hindu Association, Anjuman-I-Islam Girls High School & Jr College, Duruelo Convent High School, Brahma Kumaris and others.

The 26th All-Religion Prayer and Get-together held on January 30, 2019 at Duruelo Convent High School, Bandra West, Mumbai (from 4:30 pm to 7 pm) focused on the theme: 'Dissolving Religious Differences to make a Safe Society'. The programme was attended by over 450 youth and adults.

The meeting began with an Invocation Bhajan sung by Sr Sushma and Pauline team, followed by the Lighting of the Lamp by persons from different religions. A cordial welcome in Hindi by Smt. Manjusha, HM of BHA, was extended to all present. In her formal introduction about the event, Sr Pauline reiterated the purpose - Celebration of our Unity in Diversity. Highlighting the role of the youth, she spoke of "the need for involving young people in nation-building in accordance with the noble values enshrined in the Preamble of the Constitution of India. "Every youth who is present today participates in our united effort in dissolving religious differences and ensures that change and safety is possible, because when the youth energy is channelised, it is already a guarantee for the growth of the society and nation.

God speaks to us in varied ways through people and events. The Prayer Service consisted of listening to God speaking to us through the Scriptures of different religions – Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism and Christianity. The Bible passage (1 Corinthians, chapter 13 on love) read by Rev. Thomas Jacob, St Stephen Church (CNI) communicated a powerful and relevant message for the occasion. A similar message was shared by Smita, Brahma Kumari, who also reminded the audience that we are all children of God, and we go back to the same house.

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