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Interfaith prayer for peace in Albany

Updated: Jul 21, 2020

Faith Brings Us Together

Faith communities in Albany came together to pray for peace and solidarity in new year. You can read the article and watch the time warner cable news that covered this important event by clicking below;


Four Faiths Come Together in Albany to Pray for Peace

ALBANY, N.Y. — It’s the walls of a Catholic Church, with the dancing feet of Hindu girls, and scripture read from the Quran.

“Faith brings us together,” said Veysel Ucan, the director of the Turkish Cultural Center in Albany.

A night planned many months ago now has new meaning.

“It’s very, very timely I would say providential,” said Bishop Edward Sharfenberger.

Four faiths came together at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany, all asking to pray for peace.

It’s what people around the world have been asking for since Islamic extremists in France killed 17 people. The terrorists targeted the magazine, Charlie Hebdo that satirizes the Prophet Muhammad.

“As a Muslim I believe that a terrorist can never be a Muslim and Muslims cannot be terrorists,” said Ucan.

In the wake of the violence the slogan “Je Suis Charlie” has been going around the world as a message for freedom of speech. But Bishop Sharfenberger says showing the faiths stand together means more than words.

“I’m always a little wary of slogans myself, there’s not much salvation in slogans,” he smiled.

He says salvation comes from times like these when a Bishop shakes hands with an Imam.

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