Community UU hosted the Interfaith Harmony Week service on Sun Feb 7. The White Plains Journal-News covered the event: CLICK HERE.
At the service, Westchester County Legislator Benjamin Boykin II presented Rev. Meredith Garmon with a proclamation from the Westchester County Board of Legislators. Our congregation was previously honored by proclamations in 2009 Apr -- one from the City of White Plains and one from the Westchester County Board of Legislators, both honoring our 100th anniversary.
Full text of the new proclamation is below.
Westchester County Board of Legislators
WHEREAS, throughout its history, Westchester County has been blessed with outstanding invdividuals and organizations that have contributed greatly to the welfare of the county and its people.
WHEREAS, we are gathered today at the Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation in the great city of White Plains to celebrate the 12th Annual Interreligious Prayer Service for Peace and Justice in observance of World Interfaith Harmony Week, and
WHEREAS, World Interfaith Harmony Week was proclaimed by a United Nations General Assembly resolution to promote understanding and tolerance among all religious traditions and beliefs, and
WHEREAS, lead by Rev. Meredith Garmon, the Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation is a Welcoming Congregation committed to affirming and purposefully including all regardless of age, race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, and sexual or affectional orientation, and
WHEREAS, the organizer for the event, Charles S. Chesnavage, has planned the annual prayer service for the past twelve years, this is the second time the prayer service is held in the City of White Plains and the first time that the Coummunity Unitarian Universalist Congregation, an organization that believes in nurturing one another in our spiritual journeys, fostering compassion and understanding within and beyond our community, and engaging in service to transform ourselves and our world, is hosting the service, and
WHEREAS, representatives of many religious traditions including Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh, Baha'i, Chirstian, Native American, the Humanist tradition, Quaker and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have come together to recite universal prayers and statements for peace and justice, and
WHEREAS, accomplishments such as these that promote world harmony should be properly recognized and acclaimed, THEREFORE BE IT
RESOLVED, that the members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators join with Legislator Benjamin Boykin II in paying tribute to the Coummunity Unitarian Universalist Congregation and Charles S. Chesnavage, AND BE IT FURTHER
RESOLVED, that today, Sunday February 7, 2016, is hereby proclaimed "World Interfaith Harmony Week at the Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation Day" in Westchester Count, AND BE IT FURTHER
RESOLVED, that the text of this proclamation be carried throughout the County of Westchester for all people of good will to forever know.
Given Under My Hand and Seal this 7th Day of February, 2016.
s-Michael B. Kaplowitz, Chairman s-Benjamin Boykin II, Legislator