Washoe County Commission issued a Proclamation on June 21 on “Faith Forum”, a highly popular one-of-a-kind weekly multi-faith dialogue on religion at a Pulitzer winner Gannett publication in Nevada, completing five years in February last.
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 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.
Proclamation, which was read by Kitty K. Jung, Washoe County Commission Chair, in Washoe County Board of Commissioners meeting and presented to Zed and some other panelists, said about the Forum: “It has provided a successful partnership for constructive and respectful dialogue to foster mutual understanding, trust and loyalty in our community”.
“Washoe County Board of Commissioners commends Rajan Zed and other esteemed area religious leaders for their contributions to the RGJ Faith Forum column”, Proclamation added.
Panelists at “Faith Forum” currently include: Father Robert W. Chorey and his team (Roman Catholic), Dr. Steve Bond (Christian Church), Dr. Sherif A. Elfass (Muslim), Reverend Matthew T. Fisher (Buddhist), Rabbi ElizaBeth Webb Beyer (Jewish), Father Stephen R. Karcher (Greek Orthodox), Sharla S. Hales and her team (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), Dr. Bradley S. Corbin (Baha’i), Dr. Kenneth G. Lucey (university religion professor) and Brian E. Melendez (Native American spirituality). Guest panelists, belonging to diverse religions/denominations, are also invited to participate from time to time.
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, USA) headquartered Gannett is a leading media and marketing company headed by Robert J. Dickey.
Washoe County covers an area of about 6,600 square miles in the northwest section of Nevada.