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Swamiji's Video message for World Religion Day in Memphis, TN

January 17th 2016

On January 17th, 2016, The World Religion Day was celebrated ion Memphis at the Unity Church of Practical Christianity in Cordova, TN.  Ms. Sydney Saci Roy and Rev. John Gilmore, Spiritual Director of  Open Heart Spiritual Center co-hosted the program. 

World Religion  Day  is  an  interfaith  observance initiated in 1950 by the National

Spiritual  Assembly  of  the  Baha’is  of  the United  States,  celebrated  worldwide  on  the third Sunday  in  January  each  year.  Though initiated in the United States, World Religion Day has come to be celebrated internationally. 

This year's theme was inspired by His Holiness Sri  Viswayogi  Viswamjee  of  the  Viswayogi Foundation: “Arise, Awake & Unite to Save Mother Earth."  Unity Church of Practical Christianity opened their doors to host the event at their beautiful church location.   

The program commenced by a musical presentation by Julie Christen and Chris Cuminotti.  This was followed by a Video Message from  Sri  Viswamjee  Maharaj. 

Ms. Linda Marks of Metropolitan inter Faith Association (MIFA) was also a speaker and spoke on “Interfaith: Vital In more than One way”. 

Interfaith panel members that spoke at the event included:

Dr. Mohammed Moinuddin-Muslim Faith

Vinodini Jayarama -Hindu Faith

Candia Ludy-Buddhist Faith (Pema Karpo)

Dr. Edward Ordman-Jewish Faith

Chanchalla Mehta-Jain Faith

Baha'i Faith-Elzadia Washington

Unity Church of Practical Christianity-Mona Winfrey

Pax Christi-Catholic

In between the panel speakers, the audience was treated to beautiful inspiring music by:

Keith Anthony Blanchard-Cool Change".

Barbara Jenice-"I Met a Man"

Dr. Lakshmi Krishnamurthy - Hindu Bhajan – “Maitrem Bhajata”

Open Heart Choir Philip Joyner, Jr., Music Director Choir Members Audry (Nabi) Hawkins Julie Christen Mary Kirkland Emma Crystal Michael Owen Vernessa McVay - “Voices from the Heart” 

Roger Wild, Julie Christen, Chris Cuminotti, Barbara Jenice- “My Sweet Lord"

 Everyone in the audience was given a pledge card to complete on how they will help to save Mother Earth. The pledges were collected and will be sent to Swamiji. The program concluded by everyone joining hands and singing the Unity Peace Song. The love and energy vibration left everyone feeling wonderful and wanting to meet Swamiji.