Chicago Faiths Pray for World Peace in New Year

Faith leaders from Chicago suburbs are going virtual Sunday, January 10, for the 17th annual World Peace Day Interfaith Prayer Service.

“We look forward to celebrating world peace as local interfaith leaders gather for the 17th annual interfaith prayer service!” Naperville Interfaith website said.

Eboo Patel, founder and president of the nonprofit Interfaith Youth Core, will deliver the keynote address.

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Patel is a noted Muslim community leader and speaker on issues of religious diversity, civic engagement, and the intersection of racial equality and interfaith cooperation.

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The tradition of the interfaith event goes back to 2005 when the interfaith community of Naperville and surrounding areas decided to gather at the beginning of each year to pray for world peace and celebrate their rich diversity.

These interfaith prayer services are held on the first Sunday of the new year. They usually take place on the campus of North Central College.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event will be held virtually via Zoom.

400 People attended the 2020 event at Wentz Hall on North Central College’s campus in Naperville.

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