Multi-Faith blessing ceremony

Elements Multi-faith Ceremony in the Zen GardenA Multi-Faith blessing ceremony was held at Elements Third Age Living @ Springwood yesterday in their tranquil Garden of Hana Crafted by 4 Japanese landscape Architects from Tokyo, the garden was finished in the summer of 2010.

Designed as a place of worship, reflection and meditation for the residents and friends of Elements, the Garden of Hana was formally blessed by the elders of several faith groups on Sunday.

multi-faith_ceremony_4Auntie Heather Castledine, a Logan Aboriginal Elder commenced the blessing ceremony with an acknowledgement of the traditional custodians of the land, the Jagera and Yugambeh peoples. She also paid respect to Elders past and present and those of the Stolen Generations, including those of other nations.

Franciscan Brother, Friar John Wong, President of the Conference of Religious Major Supervisors in Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei accompanied by Deacon Reverend Des Neagle of St Mary’s Church at Halls Creek WA and Sister Theresa Seow, Provincial Leader of the Canossian Sisters in Singapore-Myanmar led the Catholic blessing of the Zen garden with prayer.Beautiful music accompanied the rite of the sprinkling of holy water throughout the Zen garden.

2 nuns accompanied Venerable Hui Chyuan of the Buddhist Bodhicitta Chan International Association Two nuns accompanied Venerable Hui Chyuan of the Buddhist Bodhicitta Chan International Association in a chant to bless the Zen garden and all living things who reside in and visit the village.
Pastor Heather Peall from the Logan Uniting Church blessed the garden, the grounds and all the residents.

multi-faith_ceremony_6Iman Akram Buksh, from the Kuraby Mosque sang a Muslim prayer to bestow peace and blessings for everyone at Elements and especially the garden.

Lastly, Hindu Pandit Sanat Pandey from Shree Laxminarayan Mandir temple at Burbank sang a Hindu song to bless all creatures big and small, including the flora and fauna which reside harmoniously with the residents of Elements.

multi-faith_ceremony_5Ms Chiou See Anderson, Founder and Owner of Elements, was exceptionally proud of how the various faiths and religions were able to gather on a beautiful Spring morning as a show of unity in our community.

“Growing up in Singapore, we were taught to live in peace and harmony with one another, regardless of race, language or religion. At Elements, I am blessed with a compassionate group of residents and staff who support this ethos of tolerance and understanding. Today, we are indeed fortunate to welcome so many elders of different races and religions to bless us, our garden of Hana and our Elements village.”

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