Supporting Muslim Friends, Standing Against Hate

ChurchandHateLogoFriends,

Northaven is honored to be hosting an event, Sunday afternoon, supporting our Muslim brothers and sisters, in the wake of vitriolic protests last weekend in Garland.

It will be at 4 pm Sunday in our sanctuary. I know this is last minute. But our Muslims friends were eager for a quick response, so we will rely predominantly on social media, and on sharing in those platforms. Details are below.

We will obviously be eager to have as many Northaven folks as possible, and to be a welcoming and peaceful space for all who will come.

The official press statement is below….Eric Folkerth

Dallas Faith Leaders Declare Solidarity with Muslim Neighbors

Alarmed by escalating hate rhetoric aimed at Muslims in North Texas, faith leaders in Dallas have called an interfaith gathering of religious, civic leaders and community members to discuss countermeasures and to offer support to Muslims who call North Texas home. A recent Muslim conference held in Garland, Texas drew hundreds of protestors carrying signs with slogans that disparaged Islam who also told attendees they were “not welcome” in their country.

Senior Pastor Eric Folkerth of Northaven United Methodist Church who is hosting the event said, ” My Christian faith compels me to live in peace with my Muslim brothers and sisters of all religious faiths. I know many Muslims in the Dallas area and they are peace loving faithful citizens of our city and country. We look forward to standing with them on Sunday.”

According to Dr Hind Jarrah, one of the event organizers and an interfaith leader, “this meeting will affirm our respect for the dignity of human beings all faiths, all races, all ethnic groups and communities. We will emphasize that we all are neighbors living peacefully with one another, sharing common values of friendship, good will and respect for all”. The event will include comments by faith leaders, a panel discussion and live Middle Eastern music.

When: 4 PM Jan 25 2015
Where Northaven United Methodist Church
11211 Preston Road Dallas TX 75230

Sponsors: Northaven United Methodist Church, Dallas Peace Center, Texas Muslim Women Foundation, Council of American Islamic Relations- (CAIR-DFW)

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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