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Photo: Sparks Mayor Geno R. Martini (right) garlands Rajan Zed.
In February, Northern Nevada clergy belonging to various religions and denominations organized a reception in honor of interfaith leader and Hindu statesman Rajan Zed in Reno. Sparks Mayor Geno R. Martini, who presided, garlanded Zed on the occasion.
Zed, who is president of the Universal Society of Hinduism and Director Interfaith Relations of Nevada Clergy Association, was invited to participate in the prestigious World Economic Forum in November organized by a Geneva-based (Switzerland) international organization, which brought together about 500 global and regional business leaders, heads of state and government and ministers, as well as leaders from media, academia, and civil society.
Zed was also accorded a civic reception in a town in northern India in November, and he had interfaith dialogue with Catholics, Muslims, Sikhs, and others during this trip to India. He has delivered invocations at the 29 city councils and county commissions in California and Nevada. He led Faith Forum, a highly popular weekly dialogue on religion at a Gannett publication in Nevada, crossed the 100th mark on December 23 without any break, and prominently appeared in a recently released documentary on religion titled “Unresolvable?”
Zed has taken up interfaith, religion, environment, Roma (Gypsies), and other causes all over the world. He has read opening prayers in United States Senate, as well as various state senates and houses of representatives, counties, and city councils. He was invited by the president of European Parliament in Brussels (Belgium) for a meeting to promote interfaith dialogue. Many cities in the U.S. have named October 25 as Rajan Zed Day. Bestowed with the World Interfaith Leader Award, Zed is Senior Fellow and Religious Advisor to the New York-headquartered Foundation for Religious Diplomacy and Spiritual Advisor to the National Association of Interchurch & Interfaith Families.
He was also instrumental in a community-wide Nevada Cesar Chavez Day Multi-faith Service held in Reno on March 31. rajanzed.com
Western Nevada College held a Multi-faith Baccalaureate Service on May 20 in Carson City, the first in the school’s 41 years of existence. Zan is in the middle of the photo.