Washington, D. C. (May. 15)
The inter-religious meeting held under the auspices of the Threefold Movement at the Washington Hebrew Congregation, attracted nearly 500 persons.
Representatives of every major faith attended and paid tribute to the founders of other great religions. Rabbi Abram Simon presided.
The speakers consisted of Swami Yogananda, author, on “Buddha and the Hindu Teachers”; Arthur H. Hummell of the Chinese department, Library of Congress, on “Confucius”; Rabbi Edward L. Israel of the Har Sunai Congregation, on “Jesus Christ”; Prof. Stanwood Cobb of the Baha’i Movement, on “Mohammed”; Dr. Hugh Stevenson, on “Moses”; Nedar Nath Das Guptah, on “The Threefold Movement”; Rev. Jason Noble Pierce of the First Congregational Church, on “Religious Unity,” and Dr. Bhagat, Sing Thind, Sikh teacher of India, on other founders of religious faiths.
In addition to the religious addresses, there was community singing and the Hindu chant. Rabbi Simon, as presiding officer, in explaining the aims of the Threefold movement, declared that only through an understanding of the various prophets can the peoples of the world succeed in eliminating religious and racial prejudices. It was for that purpose, he declared, that the inter-religious meeting was held, and that similar ones would take place in other cities where the Threefold movement was represented. The Threefold movement, which consists of the Fellowship of Faiths, the Union of the East and West and the League of Neighbors, was organized to work for peace and brotherhood through appreciation and understanding of all nations, races and religions. It has branches in Washington, Chicago, Baltimore, New York, Boston, Dublin and London, all of which are taking part in the Peace week celebrations from May 12 to May 18, which are to culminate with an international Goodwill day on the latter date, when mass meetings and other exercises appropriate to peace will be held wherever the threefold movement has branches.