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)