Hebrew, Buddhist, LDS and Islamic Elements Incorporated into Prayer Breakfast at Adventist Hospital
10 February 2020 | Willits, California-based Adventist Health Howard Memorial recently held an inclusive Prayer Breakfast including prayers from a number of different religious traditions.
Over 200 people attended the February 4 Adventist Health Howard Memorial Prayer Breakfast. They were fed what The Willits News called a “vegetarian feast” during the hospital event modeled after the Washington D.C.-based National Prayer Breakfast.
A Hebrew prayer was said to bless the food, followed by a Christian prayer, as well as one in the Iroquois tradition. Later a Zen Buddhist prayer was said, followed by that of bishop of a local congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Closing prayer was offered by the hospital’s director of spiritual care, Sam Kaligithi, who prayed in the name of God, Jesus and Allah.
Adventist Health has hospitals, clinics, home care agencies, hospice agencies and joint-venture retirement centers in both rural and urban communities, serving more than 80 communities across the western United States and Hawaii. The healthcare system is affiliated with the Adventist Church.