The testimonial given on the occasion to Zed said that Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada “honors Mr. Zed for his advocacy of peace, justice, interfaith understanding, environmental consciousness, and religious pluralism in the United States, Australia and the European Union.” It was signed by President David Bianchi and Pastor Reverend Neal T. Anderson.
Dr. F. Kevin Murphy, one of the Fellowship leaders, who presented Zed with this testimonial, listed Zed’s various efforts in promoting religious pluralism and his work with Roma people of Europe.
Rajan Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, speaking on the occasion, said that religion was a very powerful and complex force in our society and it was much more that one’s own particular tradition/experience. Dialogue brought us mutual enrichment and helped us end prejudices passed on to us from previous generations.
Zed is one of the panelists for “On Faith”, a prestigious interactive conversation on religion produced jointly by Newsweek and WashingtonPost.com, and has been bestowed with “World Interfaith Leader Award”. He read the first Hindu prayer of United States Senate in Washington DC.
Unitarian Universalists promote seven principles including “the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all”. Unitarian Universalist Association, headquartered in Boston (Massachusetts, USA), was formed in 1961 and it has 1,041 congregations, who believe that “ethical living is the supreme witness of religion”. Reverend Peter Morales is President while Gini Courter is Moderator.
Hinduism is the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and moksha (liberation) is its ultimate goal.