attend the continental breakfast and program of inspirational messages
The program is meant to get people to say, "Let's wait a minute. Let's
take a deep breath. Let's stop and think about our actions. Let's get on
with the challenges of the 21st century -- together," said Rabbi Steve
Einstein, council president.
Several speakers will each take three-minutes to look at the history,
use, meaning, effects and need for prayer in the world and local
Music from a diversity of cultures and faiths, performed by several
local, professional musicians and the St. Bonaventure Catholic Church
Youth Choir, will intersperse the messages.
Gary Gould on clarinet and Rob Woyshner on piano will open the program
with klezmer music. Susan Collins will present Tibetan bowl mediation.
Other artists will include vocalists Michael Paul Smith and Debi
Wheeler-Ure. Ed Arnold of KOCE will serve as master of ceremonies for the
"We have worked hard to make this an event that everyone can afford as
well as an event no one wants to miss," said event organizer Cynthia Doe.
Tickets to the event are $5 and they are available at the door.
New to the event this year will be the presentation of the recently
established Peacemaker Award. Christian Mondor of Sts. Simon and Jude
Catholic Church and Ron Lowenberg, Huntington Beach Chief of Police are
the first recipients to be honored with the award.
"They are being recognized for their lifetime of giving morethan they
have taken, as the constancy of their personal and professional lives
attest every day, and for their very full careers centered on peace,"
said Dave Garofalo, former mayor and chairman of the event.
Since its beginnings the interfaith council has sought to promote
goodwill in the community and to strengthen its spiritual foundation.
"We hope to build bridges of love throughout our community to further
the possibility of world peace," said Wheeler-Ure, an event organizers.
Mondor said he believes the support of city leaders, who have
whole-heartedly supported the council, has been vital to its success in
responding to the community's needs.
The interfaith council began seven years ago, he explained -- at the
urging of the City Council -- after a hate crime occurred near the
Huntington Pier. It continues to respond to the needs of the community in
times of crisis.
When asked how he felt about being one of the first recipients of the
Peacemaker Award, Mondor was quick to express his gratitude.
"I am certainly honored by to receive this award, but I feel the honor
really belongs most especially to the whole interfaith council and I
accept it in that light," he said.
WHAT: Fifth annual Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council
National Day of Prayer Breakfast
THEME: World Peace Through Local Prayer
WHEN: Thursday, May 2 from 7:30 to 9 a.m.
WHERE: Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, 5402 Heil Ave.
Note: The Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council meets on the
last Tuesday of each month at 7:30 a.m. at the Huntington Beach City
Hall, 2000 Main St., Room B-7