The board members behind Eugene’s Interfaith Prayer Service view the holiday season as a time for religious tolerance, understanding and dialogue.
Since it was created in 2001, the Interfaith Prayer Service has been bringing various religions together once a month to share their religious beliefs and practices.
“Interfaith is not trying to blend religions,” Interfaith board member Bill Harris said. “We try to share our religions and practices (and) find out the similarities and sincerities towards them.”
The theme for December’s service is “Lights of Peace and Fellowship.”
Harris, who is coordinating the December service, said that the light represents all the various manifestations of God and that peace and fellowship represent the embrace of each other’s differences.
Interfaith promotes tolerance at every monthly service. The nonprofit brings nine to 10 different religious representations to each service, though they try to bring Christian, Muslim and Jewish representatives to every gathering.