Rabbi Rick Kellner will be the keynote speaker at this year's Mayor's Interfaith Prayer Breakfast.

Rabbi Rick Kellner will be the keynote speaker at this year's Mayor's Interfaith Prayer Breakfast.

People of all religions are invited to the event, which will be at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Holiday Inn, 7007 N. High St.

Since 2003, when Mayor Harvey Minton restarted the event as part of the city's bicentennial celebration, hundreds have attended the annual ecumenical prayer breakfast. Prayers and readings are offered by people of various religions.

"I want to bring people together to begin understanding each other, not to convert anyone," Minton said. "We want to try to expose people to other ideologies and to help people see that we all have a lot in common."

Kellner, rabbi for Congregation Beth Tikvah in Worthington, will talk about Lech Lecha: A Personal Journey from Wilderness to Holy Places.

Other speakers will be David Bressman, Worthington Board of Education, reading from the Talmud; Kareem Elhosseiny, reading from the Qur'an; Allan Lines, Ohio State University professor emeritus, reading from the New Testament; and the Rev. Don Pendell, providing a featured prayer.

Worthington City Council members Bonnie Michael and Louis Roseberry Goorey will present the invocation and benediction.

The breakfast is open to the community. Anyone wanting to attend may register and reserve a seat by mailing a check for $25 to: Mayor's Prayer Breakfast Committee, c/o Rachael Dorothy, 179 Kenbrook Drive, Worthington, 43215. Call Dorothy at 614-406-6391 for details.

The local prayer breakfast is modeled after the national prayer breakfast held each year in Washington, D.C. The national breakfast was started by President Dwight Eisenhower in the 1950s, when he realized that following the destruction of World War II, people needed to work together to restore the world from hatred.

The Worthington prayer breakfast was started in 1967, was disbanded in 1991 and was resumed in 2003. In addition to this breakfast, each Friday at 7 a.m., 10 to 25 people meet at La Chatelaine in Worthington for nondenominational prayer and study.