Faith leaders belonging to diverse religions/denominations are gathering in Reno (Nevada) on July 11 to celebrate completion of seven years of “Faith Forum”, a highly popular one-of-a-kind weekly multi-faith dialogue on religion at a Pulitzer winner Gannett publication in Nevada.
Distinguished religious statesman Rajan Zed, who has been bestowed with “World Interfaith Leader Award”, leads a panel of leaders of various religions and denominations to produce this unique weekly discussion Forum on Sundays at Reno Gazette-Journal (RGJ) (one of the leading newspapers of Nevada), involving important religious issues affecting the area-country-world.
Panelists currently include: Father Robert W. Chorey, Father Charles T. Durante, Monique Jacobs, Lauri Anne Reinhart—all Roman Catholic; Dr. Steve Bond & Bryan J. Smith—both belonging to a Christian Church; Dr. Sherif A. Elfass (Muslim); Father Stephen R. Karcher (Greek Orthodox); Reverend Matthew T. Fisher (Buddhist); Rabbi ElizaBeth Webb Beyer (Jewish); Sharla S. Hales and Ryan J. Earl—both of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Dr. Nancy Lee Cecil (Baha’i); Brian E. Melendez (Native American spirituality); and Dr. Kenneth G. Lucey (religion professor at University of Nevada). Guest panelists, belonging to diverse religions/denominations, are also invited to participate from time to time.
Rajan Zed points out: Religion is complex. Religion is powerful. Religion is much more than one’s own particular tradition. There are interconnections and interdependencies between religions and there are differences. If we dig deeper, we shall find that we have more in common than in conflict. This widely read column is dedicated to constructive dialogue and this dialogue effort has brought more mutual understanding and trust and loyalty in the community.
RGJ, whose traces go back to 1870 and which has been recognized for its journalistic excellence, produces various other print and online publications also. McLean (Virginia) headquartered Gannett is a leading media and marketing company headed by Bob Dickey.