National Day of Prayer celebrated in Michiana

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Thursday was National Day of Prayer, observed by everyone around the world, including here in Michiana.

The United Religious Community of St. Joseph County held its annual prayer breakfast Thursday morning at Century Center in downtown South Bend.

This year's speaker was Dr. David Carlson, a professor in religion and philosophy at Franklin College. He is the author of several books, including "Countering Religious Extremism: The Healing Power of Spiritual Friendships."

He's said Thursday's breakfast was all about a different faiths coming together to support each other.

"We're really not here to do talks about religious belief systems and things like that," Carlson said. "We're meeting as just one human person meeting with another human person. What links us is that we're both people of faith; we're not of the same faith, but in each case, our faith is extremely important."

He also said a terrific way to deepen one's own faith is to get to know people of other faiths.