Religious statesman Rajan Zed coordinated “Faith Forum”, a highly popular one-of-a-kind weekly dialogue on religion at a Gannett publication in Nevada (USA), has completed one year without any gap.
Zed, who has been bestowed with “World Interfaith Leader Award”, lead a panel of leaders of various religions and denominations to produce this weekly discussion Forum in Pulitzer Prize winner Reno Gazette-Journal (RGJ), involving important religious issues affecting the area-country-world.
Panelists currently include: Brother Matthew Cunningham (Roman Catholic), Dr. Stephen Bond (Christian Church), Nicholas F. Frey (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), Dr. Sherif A. Elfass (Islam), Reverend Jikai’ Phil Bryan (Buddhist), Rabbi ElizaBeth W. Beyer (Jewish), Dr. Bradley S. Corbin (Baha’i) and Dr. William Tell Gifford (religion professor). Dr. Thomas Butler (United Methodist), R. Bruce Brinkerhoff (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) and Monique Jacobs (Roman Catholic) also participated part of the year.
Completion of one year landmark was marked by a celebration in which panelists and RGJ Publisher and Executive Editor, John Maher and Beryl Love respectively, participated.
Beryl Love says that this Forum is model on how to engage the community on a subject matter that touches their daily lives and hearts. It will continue, he adds.
Rajan Zed points out: Religion is complex. Religion is powerful. Religion is much more than our 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 for 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, is one of the leading newspapers of Nevada and produces various other print and online publications also. McLean (Virginia, USA) headquartered Gannett is an international media and marketing solutions company headed by Gracia C. Martore.
Rajan Zed is a religious statesman who has taken up interfaith, religion, environment, Roma (Gypsies) and other causes all over the world. Read opening prayers in US Senate, various state senates and houses of representatives, counties and city councils all over the country. Invited by President of European Parliament in Brussels for a meeting to promote interfaith dialogue. Panelist for “On Faith”, a prestigious interactive conversation on religion produced by The Washington Post. President of Universal Society of Hinduism, Senior Fellow and Religious Advisor to New York headquartered Foundation for Religious Diplomacy, Director of Interfaith Relations of Nevada Clergy Association, Spiritual Advisor to National Association of Interchurch & Interfaith Families, etc.