As a Quaker, I was very pleased to learn of this "Independence Day" event, sponsored by the Episcopalian Church. When I began my journal seven years ago on the 4th of July, I spoke about Interdependence Day. I have also written a blog explaining why Quakers didn't celebrate the 4th of July, and paid a price of their refusal to do so. See http://laquaker.blogspot.com/2012/06/why-quakers-did-not-celebrate-fourth-of.html
What I do celebrate as a Quaker is our interconnectedness and interdependence. That's why I support this upcoming event and hope to attend. I hope you will join us!
Leaders of Los Angeles religious traditions will conduct the fourth-annual Walking Meditation on Interdependence around Echo Park Lake, L.A., on Saturday, July 2 at 7 p.m., sponsored by the Los Angeles Interfaith Consortium, an emerging media resource informing and uniting the Southland’s vibrant spiritual community. Prayers and reflections in seven traditions – Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh – will be offered along the way, with special intention for refugee relief worldwide. Participants are invited to observe silent meditation and prayer while walking between the stations. The walk will be preceded by a 6 p.m. interfaith dialogue with the Future 50, a program of theInterreligious Council of Southern California and the University of Southern California Center for Religion and Civic Culture, and followed by an interfaith Iftar (breaking of the daytime fast observed during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan) from 8:10 to 9:30 p.m. The dialogue and Iftar will be held in the Great Hall of the Cathedral Center, at 840 Echo Park Avenue. For more information and reservations (requested), contact Robert Williams, Interreligious Council president. Above: Buddhist U.S. Naval Chaplain Aroon Seda leads prayers near a lotus bed in Echo Park, with the downtown skyline in the background. Photo / Bob Williams