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Naperville faith communities to hold annual World Peace Day interfaith service

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  • A group of Hindu Children participate in last year's World Peace Day Inter-Faith Prayer Service

    A group of Hindu Children participate in last year's World Peace Day Inter-Faith Prayer Service
    Mimi Qunell

Tom Cordaro

The ninth annual World Peace Day Inter-faith Prayer Service will be held on Wednesday, January 1st, 2:30 pm at the North Central College Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Avenue in Naperville. The theme is year is "Embracing Differences in Our Changing Community."

This service includes participation from Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Baha'i, Hindu and Sikh communities as well as Unitarian Universalists, Christian Scientists and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. (Full listing of co-sponsors is included below.)

"We hope that by our coming together in the cause of peace, mutual respect and in celebration of our rich diversity we can build a stronger sense of community in Naperville and DuPage County," organizer Tom Cordaro stated. He went on to say, "Every year we get more faith communities participating in this event. It shows that most people believe religious diversity is an asset in our community that makes us stronger and vibrant."

For more information, contact Tom Cordaro at 630-369-0777.

Co-Sponsors: Naperville Interfaith Leaders Association (NILA); One Naperville; Pax Christi Illinois; North Central College Office of Ministry & Service; Congregation Beth Shalom, Naperville; First Congregational United Church of Christ, Naperville; Islamic Center of Naperville; St. Margaret Mary Catholic Parish, Naperville; Baha'i Community of Naperville; St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Naperville; The Hindu Community of DuPage County; Wheaton Franciscans; Knox Presbyterian Church, Naperville; St. Isidore Catholic Church, Bloomingdale; Women of Faith for Justice; Illinois Sikh Community Center, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Naperville Congregation; Joliet Catholic Diocese, Office for Human Dignity; Benedictine Sisters, Sacred Heart Monastery, Lisle; Unity in Naperville; First Church of Christ, Scientist, Naperville; DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church; St. Raphael Catholic Parish, Naperville; Grace United Methodist Church, Naperville; Buddha's Light International Association, Chicago Chapter; ICERV (Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible Volunteering)