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Los Angeles Center Hosts Faith Leaders' Luncheon
The Los Angeles Center of Sukyo Mahikari was honored to host the Third Annual Faith Leaders' Luncheon on Wednesday, May 16, 2012. The event was organized by a local interfaith environmental group called the Orange County Interfaith Coalition for the Environment (www.ocice.org) and featured a wide representation of people from different religious backgrounds. Additionally, representatives from the United Religions Initiative (www.uri.org) assisted in organizing and carrying out the event.
The purpose of the event was to invite leaders of different religions and congregations to share what they are doing to promote environmental practices and to share our common desire to be responsible stewards of creation.
The Faith Leaders' Luncheon featured presentations in the main hall of the center and was followed by a luncheon outside the center, under our new wooden foyer. The Los Angeles center director gave a ten-minute presentation about the purpose and practices of Sukyo Mahikari. He also talked about what the local centers in Los Angeles, Torrance, and Pasadena are doing to protect the environment and promote environmental awareness, such as beach cleanups and other community service activities.
After the center director's presentation, representatives from local churches shared what they are doing to promote environmentally friendly practices and someone from the local Islamic center offered a presentation on what their congregation is doing to promote textile recycling. Additionally, a representative of the Sikh Center of Orange County shared what Sikh centers are doing to practice water conservation.
The religious faiths who attended included representatives from:
  • St. Mark Presbyterian Church of Newport Beach
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange
  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church
  • Islamic Shura Council of Orange County
  • Aldersgate United Methodist Church
The 2012 Steward of Creation Award was presented during the event to the Aldersgate United Methodist Church in nearby Tustin, California, for their environmentally friendly practices.
The new landscape design at the Los Angeles Sukyo Mahikari center focuses on water conservation through sustainable landscape design, featuring the use of native plants. During lunch, the designer of our landscape redesign gave a presentation on concepts of sustainable landscape design and the design process used at our center.








Attendees of the event commented frequently on how beautiful the Los Angeles Sukyo Mahikari center and its grounds are, and members from the local centers worked harmoniously with the interfaith volunteers to assist in registration and serve a healthy lunch, which was provided by a local catering service. We are delighted that this successful event aided in our organization's mission to help return religions to their common theme of being responsible stewards of God's creation.


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