15 Twenty-Five Years Celebrating Unity in Diversity - Sr Antonette Jesumani, dsp

posted Mar 1, 2018, 7:21 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 1, 2018, 7:21 PM ]
In keeping with the tradition of focusing on a current issue, the organisers of the All-Religion Prayer & Get-Together (Daughters of St Paul, BUILD and Bandra Hindu Association) chose 'Celebrating India's Diversity: Joining Hands Together for Its Continuity' as its theme for its Silver Jubilee event, held on January 30, 2018 at R.D. & S.H. National College Auditorium, Bandra West, Mumbai.

Popularly known as the brain-child of Dr Sr Pauline Chakkalakal of the Daughters of St Paul (dsp), the All-Religion Prayer and Get-Together (ARPG) aims at gathering people belonging to different faiths, ideologies, languages, cultures and age groups, with a view to creating awareness, especially among the youth, of our country's rich cultural and spiritual heritage, and its precious values of secularism, justice, peace and Unity in Diversity. Journeying together with Sr Pauline under one banner for the last 25 years are several inter-faith associations, educational institutions and NGOs. Kudos to Sr Pauline for her persistent efforts in uniting various groups, and conducting this event year after year!

Beginning with an invocation dance in Indian classical style by the students of National College, the programme continued with the lighting of the lamp by persons from different religions, accompanied by singing of a bhajan by the Novices of Daughters of St Paul and Daughters of the Cross. The Prayer Service that followed consisted of readings from the Scriptures of diverse faiths—Islam, Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist. After scriptural verses were read or chanted, the assembly observed a moment of silence for reflection.