WASHINGTON — Eighteen representatives from seven world religions gathered at a rally to end racism and offer prayers and exhortations, asserting a universality to their beliefs, intoning that they all worship the same God but call Him by different names.Assembled on the National Mall Wednesday on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., thousands participated in an interfaith religious service, prior to which participants had marched silently from the MLK memorial.The service was part of the larger three-day “A.C.T. to End Racism” event spearheaded by The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA and their partners which launched its “Truth and Racial Justice Initiative.” “A.C.T.” is an acronym that stands for “Awaken. Confront. Transform.”
The 18 representatives of the world religions didn’t introduce themselves by name or mention which church or organization they represented, but made a point to condemn all kinds of bigotry and discrimination and praise the world renowned Civil Rights leader. The seven world religions represented were: Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Church of Latter-day Saints, and Sikhism.