Members of various faiths gathered together for a Multi-faith New Years’ Eve Service in Reno, Nevada. Hosted by the Reno Buddhist Center, clergy representing congregations including Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, LDS and Native American churches offered prayers to welcome in the new year.
Rajan Zed, president of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that prayers were a more appropriate way to bring in the New Year than gambling or drinking in the bars and casinos. They prayed for joy and love in the lives of all in the upcoming year.
David L. Mathis, first counselor in the Trukee River Ward bishopric, Reno Nevada Stake, offered a prayer representing the LDS Church.
The service included a multi-faith musical medley, a performance of “Turn, Turn, Turn,” by the Spirit Singers, and a team of drummers led by Laurie Martin. It ended at midnight with the sound of ringing bells and drum beats. Mr. Zed intends to make this service an annual event, bringing various religions together.