Nevada Prayer Breakfast 2023

“Living Art – Pathway to Peace” is the theme for the Nevada Prayer Breakfast. Our annual community gathering where we offer prayerful support for our State and our leaders. We also honor outstanding, visionary people and organizations in our community for their unique and caring work to benefit of all.  As individuals and communities, we may believe differently in our approach to the Divine, yet we gather at the Nevada Prayer Breakfast equally, inclusively, and without discrimination for our common purpose. Together we devote our energies to the good of the State of Nevada.
  • Orange Juice· PRE·SET Fruit Bowl
  • French Toast with butter & syrup
  • Fresh Scrambled Eggs
  • Basket of Assorted Muffins (some sweet) at each table
  • “Coffee, Decaf & Hot Tea Service”
    *Sorry we do not have a way to order special meals from Atlantis
Special note: When ordering, please write your denomination/religious tradition after you name so we can organize who is sitting where.


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Martin Luther King Memorial Service 2022

36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Memorial Service

The Northern Nevada Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Committee presents the
36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Memorial Service
Honoring Local Community Members by presenting The
Reverend Onie Cooper Humanitarian Award

Reno, NV, January 7— The Northern Nevada Dr. MLK Jr. Memorial Committee in cooperation with the Nevada Interfaith Association, invites the community to the 36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Memorial Service. The event will honor Lonnie L. Feemster for his community service with the Reno/Sparks NAACP and the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN) for their courageousness to bring together diverse and potentially competing organizations into one cohesive force for social and environmental justice in Nevada.

Pastor Debra A. Whitlock Lax, Bethel AME Church, Sparks, the keynote speaker. The theme for this year is “Reclaiming Black Joy.”

The Northern Nevada Dr. MLK Jr. Memorial Committee has been working to ensure the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stays alive in Northern Nevada. They hope this event will inspire the community to take action to support human and civil rights in their day-to-day interactions and work.

This event will be held on Sunday, January 16th at 5:00 pm at the McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Dr. Reno. Our goal is that this event will inspire the community to take action in support of human and civil rights in their day-to-day interactions and work.

About Nevada Interfaith Association: As a fellowship, the Nevada Interfaith Association promotes collaborative and cooperative relations, encourages the sharing of information among all faiths, advances multi‐faith participation, and fosters a climate favorable to diverse religious and spiritual expression. We work with our members and the community at large to support inclusion, kindness, charity, love, and respect among all religious groups and residents of Nevada. Our goal is to understand and honor all faiths, cultures, and beliefs. We create an environment of understanding through communication, having an open mind and open heart, and joining together to focus on what unites us while respecting how we differ.

The Northern Nevada Dr. MLK Jr. Memorial Committee Members:
* Chair: Rev. Sherman Baker, Nevada Interfaith Association
* Honorary Chair: Mary Cooper
* Megan Berner, City of Reno Government (Arts & Culture)
* Dr. Carina Black, Northern Nevada International Center (NNIC)
* Donald Gallimore, Reno/Sparks NAACP
* Patricia Franklin Gallimore, Reno/Sparks NAACP
* Alexis Hill, Board of County Commissioners, Washoe County
* Alex Goff, Reno Human Rights Commission (RHRC)
* KaPreace Renae Young, Shades of Queening Board Member and Washoe County School District

Sherman Baker, Chair of the Northern Nevada Dr. MLK Jr. Memorial Committee and member of the Nevada Interfaith Association
Nevada Interfaith Association 


Nevada Interfaith Thanksgiving Service – Thirty-Sixth Annual

An Attitude of Gratitude
A Worship Service of Prayer and Music
From A Variety of Faith Traditions
Sponsored by the Nevada Interfaith Association

We come together as God’s children to enrich our lives through interfaith experience.
During the service individuals from various faiths will express praise and thanks according to their faith traditions.
Portions of this service have also been selected to represent those elements of worship that are shared by all our traditions.

Sunday, November 21, 2021, 7:00 PM
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
2900 N McCarran Blvd, Sparks, NV 89431

*Masks are required

Event Information

NIA Luncheon – Semi Annual

NIA Luncheon - Semi Annual

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2021 12:00 – 1:30 PM

We joyfully gather NIA participants together. After a welcome from the NIA President, and Father Chuck Durante (Rector of the Cathedral). We will have lunch together and a brief presentation of universal value [program to be announced].

Past Events

Past Events

A Clarification on NIA’s Political Positions

A Clarification on NIA’s Political Positions

To: Nevada Interfaith Association
From: Nevada Interfaith Association’s President

Nevada Interfaith Association’s goal continues to be to promote a favorable climate for diverse religious expression. We have operated successfully as a varied religious body for many years. As an organized multi-faith community we pray for the leaders of our city and state communities.

We are aware of many varied political opinions in this unsettled time. We do not support nor subscribe to a political bent, nor do we circulate or distribute to our membership and mailing list any who would desire to use our email platform for that purpose. 

Our mission continues: “The Nevada Interfaith Association (NIA) fosters the sharing of information among all faiths, advancing multi-faith participation and promoting a climate favorable to diverse religious expression in Nevada. NIA upholds religious freedom and liberty in Nevada under the First Amendment to the US Constitution. Accordingly, NIA offers the service of forwarding information from members, associates, and affiliates to the NIA email listserv. Emails that are not contrary to NIA’s purpose will be transmitted but must not be political in nature.

Messages that are demeaning, hateful or unkind will not be transmitted to the listserv. NIA reserves the right to decline to forward an email that does not meet the above stated criteria as determined by NIA officers under their complete discretion.  Finally, by this email, NIA neither endorses or supports the organization originating the contents of this email. Therefore, NIA takes no responsibility for the message and opinions disclosed by the original sender.

President’s message 2020

President’s message for 2020

NIA’s 2020 history was marred by the limitation in gathering due to Covid 19. However, before the

lockdown., NIS held the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday committee service which was held at the

McKinley arts and Cultural Center. As is tradition, the event encompassed music, multifaith prayers and

reflections and the presentation of the Onie Cooper Humanitarian award which went this year to

Bernice Matthews, a long time resident of Reno and Nevada. Mrs. Mathews was recognized for her

many, many contributions including former state senator and administrator of higher education.

Receiving the award, Mrs. Mathews admonished the audience to do more to support and mentor the

youth of our community who are the promise of the future. She added to her spotlight moment by

sharing her wit and charm, delighting the audience with her comments.

In place of the Nevada Prayer Breakfast, a unique prayer service program, presented remotely from

each participant’s home or place of worship, was crafted together and presented. It was noted that the

number of viewers for this first ever virtual experience was considerable. Our Coordinating Council

members, Rabbi Ben Zober and Rev. Matthew Fisher’s technical skill enabled NIA to present this

outreach to the community during this stressful time on Facebook.

The official election of officers took place. Pastor Sara Johnson was elected president, Pamela

Kellerstrass as secretary, and Patricia Meidell, past present, as treasurer. Father Chuck Durante was

elected to the Council replacing Sean Savoy who resigned from the Coordinating Council but who

remains as the liaison in our partnership with the Renown Spiritual Center and technical advisor to NIA

as needed for events.

Following the state mandated restriction for socially distancing and the ability not to gather, the annual

Thanksgiving Program was remotely filmed for each participant and crafted together for presentation on

Facebook by the assistance of JB Benna. Father Chuck Durante was the featured speaker with his

message entitled, “One in Origin, One in Healing” and Father William Stomski presented the history of

the Thanksgiving holiday. Musical numbers graced the program. Galena High School President, Taylor

Pickett, was the youth participant and represented the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

In all, 2020 was challenging for each council member’s religious affiliation. The coordinating council

missed the camaraderie that we share by coming together in fellowship and support as a group.

“Zooming” became our communication medium as we strived to keep the momentum of NIA going.

The holding of a youth leadership conference was out of the question but due to our guest speaker’s

availability for the 2019 event, it was held February 2020 before Covid 19 hit with all its closure and

restrictions. We are hoping to get back on track in 2022 with another Youth event.

Due to the added pressures of work during the Pandemic, as well as family and health issues, Pastor

Sarah Johnson requested to remain on the Coordinating Council but to relinquish her position as

President. A special meeting of the Coordinating Council was held and an interim president was

appointment until next year’s election in April. Past president, Pat Meidell, agreed to resume the

President’s duties until that time when Father Chuck Durante was proposed to full that position in our

regular election year.


Submitted by Pat Meidell, President

Letter from Nevada Interfaith Association on Discrimination and Social Injustice

Letter from Nevada Interfaith Association on Discrimination and Social Injustice

“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8) “By love alone is hatred ended, this is an eternal law.“ (Dhammapada 1:5)

Statement Against Discrimination and Injustice

As people of faith we condemn in the strongest terms the brutal murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. We stand together and open our hearts to the suffering of our brothers. We want everyone who reads this to know, “Your life matters to us!” We work for justice through education, prayer, and reconciliation. We will not stop until there is justice for all people.

The deeper pain, however, is that this was not an isolated incident. Breonna Taylor, an EMT, was shot by Louisville Police officers serving a “no-knock warrant” (March 13, 2020). Dreasjon Reed, of Indianapolis was shot by an Indianapolis Police officer (May 6, 2020). And now George Floyd has been killed by police in Minneapolis while begging for his life (May 25, 2020). It’s not just history, but it has sadly become a part of the fabric of American life.

We are people of faith. Commitment to racial justice and reconciliation is embedded in our identity as spiritual people. This good work is happening in communities of faith. Now more than ever, it is our duty to champion justice. We also champion peace and support peaceful protest with its outpouring of accumulated frustration. For too long it has seemed that few cared when another black, brown or poor life was snuffed out. We seek true and sustained justice.

This must be sustained even when racist violence and police brutality are no longer front page news. Even when the work is not fashionable, ever difficult, and we are utterly alone. Putting our faith into action, despite color, class, or caste, is difficult. We pledge to continue until no one is degraded and disrespected by anybody. We will continue until this ultimate dream is realized. Violence against even one child of Earth cannot be condoned.

We follow another way … the way of love. Love is action as well as attitude. Love seeks the good, the well-being, and the welfare of others as well as one’s self. Out of love we listen and learn from marginalized communities, who are often suppressed. We call on all faith leaders to incorporate this grand vision of justice into personal and community prayer life, and to constructively engage in advocacy and public witness of our brothers and sisters who suffer.

Opening and changing hearts does not happen overnight. Our spiritual work is not a sprint, but a marathon. Our prayer and work for justice, healing and truth-telling must be unceasing. Let us all recommit ourselves to following the teachings and values of our faith communities and lead the way to healing, justice and love.

Nevada Interfaith Association Coordinating Council,

Lord of Mercy Lutheran Church, Rev. Sarah Johnson, NIA President and Pastor, Sparks, NV
A Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Pat Meidell, NIA Treasurer
A Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Pam Kellerstrass, NIA Sec
Sherman Baker, Chaplain (Colonel) Retired US Army
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Rev. Dr. William L. Stomski, Dean, Reno, NV
St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral, Father Chuck Durante, Rector, Reno, NV
Reno Buddhist Center, Rev. Matthew Fisher, Resident Priest, Reno, NV
Northern Nevada Muslim Community, Dr. Sherif Elfass, President, Sparks, NV
Hindu statesman, Rajan Zed, Reno, NV
Baha’I, Dr Bradley Corbin


Nevada Interfaith Association Coordinating Council

Embracing Community In Prayer During Covid-19 Offerings from Northern Nevada’s Interfaith Community Sunday Morning Offering

Embracing Community In Prayer During Covid-19 Offerings from Northern Nevada’s Interfaith Community Sunday Morning Offering

To: Nevada Interfaith Association

From: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

Embracing Community In Prayer During Covid-19 

Offerings from Northern Nevada’s Interfaith Community

Sunday Morning Offering

Please invite your friends and neighbors to join us:

From the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible we have these words from the Prophet Jeremiah: “…the Lord says, who formed me in the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, and that Israel might be gathered to him, for I am honored in the sight of the Lord, and my God has become my  strength,…” 

In these days of the Pandemic with the coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic we are very much aware of our fears, but more so, of our mortality. The Christian Church at this moment are in the final days of Lent, a season of penitential introspection and actions as we are reminded that the season began some 40 days prior with Ash Wednesday. The beginning of Lent was observed with ashes being placed on our foreheads with the words: “Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Lent is a season that immediately strikes us with the reality of our own mortality.

But this is not a time of fear. Rather it is a challenge to seek the goodness that God has endowed us to have. We are nothing outside of the One who created us and breathed life into us. This is the Lord who gives and takes away, for we are created in God’s divine image to be God’s living presence with this earthly pilgrimage. When we pass from this world we die to this world, but not to life; we are simply changed and come into a new life in and through our God and Creator. This is what gives us the ability to know that no evil, even death, will have the victory. It is with such hope, grace and love that we are a “resurrection people,” able to love and support one another during good and bad times. Amen.

Submitted by the Very Rev. Dr. William L. Stomski

Dean and Rector, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

Embracing Community In Prayer During Covid-19 Offerings from Northern Nevada’s Interfaith Community Sunday Afternoon Offering

Embracing Community In Prayer During Covid-19 Offerings from Northern Nevada’s Interfaith Community Sunday Afternoon Offering

To: Nevada Interfaith Association

From: Roman Catholic Diocese of Reno


Embracing Community In Prayer During Covid-19 

Offerings from Northern Nevada’s Interfaith Community

Sunday Afternoon Offering

Please invite your friends and neighbors to join us:

Christians are not new to paradox.  We follow the One we believe to be “true God and true Man.”  We are commanded to love our enemies.   Jesus often told us “the last shall be first, and the first shall be last.”  Kingship means servanthood. We believe each human person is unique, special, unrepeatable – just like everyone else.  

God of all creation, in this time of widespread suffering and worry, help us to gain new insights into the marvels, the paradoxes, and the oneness of this creation.  In having to stay physically separate from one another, we now see clearly how interconnected the life of all humanity truly is.  We must be our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.  St. Paul speaks this paradox: when I am weak, I am strong.  We acknowledge our weakness now, our craving for answers to these strange days, our fumbling to figure out best practices to save lives, our frustrations at misinformation, misunderstanding, and helplessness in the face of widespread suffering.  Help us to remember that in this state of weakness, our strength can be found in listening for your voice.  At this anxious time, we pray more fervently the paradoxical understandings of St. Francis of Assisi:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me bring love.

Where there is offense, let me bring pardon.

Where there is discord, let me bring union.

Where there is error, let me bring truth.

Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.

Where there is despair, let me bring hope.

Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.

Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.

O Master, let me not seek as much

to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love,

for it is in giving that one receives,

it is in self-forgetting that one finds,

it is in pardoning that one is pardoned,

it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life.


Submitted by Rita Sloan

Coordinator, Life Peace & Justice Commission

Catholic Diocese of Reno