Martin Methodist College (MMC), a United Methodist Church institution in Pulaski, Tennessee, in the US, reportedly has a 'Hindu station' in its 24-hour interfaith prayer room.
Mission of United Methodist Church, 11-million-strong global church created in 1968, is to “make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world” and it emphasizes on "Christian living". Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in USA.
This prayer room, at the corner of Criswell Hall, has Christian and Jewish stations also. “The interfaith prayer room is safe place for students to be with their God…", MMC Campus Minister Reverend Laura J. Kirkpatrick McMasters was quoted as saying.
Applauding MMC for provision of dedicated Hindu prayer station, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed described it as “a step in the right direction”. Zed commended MMC for recognizing the intersection of spirituality and education, which was important in Hinduism.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged other US universities and colleges, both public and private, to respond to the spiritual needs of diverse student body and provide dedicated Hindu prayer/meditation rooms for rituals, quiet reflection, festivals and spiritual exercise, which would help in their personal growth.