Defying the Nazis UU Action Project at UU Church of Sarasota Inc., Sarasota, FL
Countering Islamophobia: Understanding Our Muslim Brothers and Sisters
With Tuesday's PBS airing of the documentary, "Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War" is the theme of this Sunday's service (Sept. 18) at both the UU Church of Sarasota and its sister congregation, the UU's of Lakewood Ranch.
Two weeks later (Oct 2), the theme in Sarasota will be "Countering Islamophobia: Understanding Our Muslim Brothers and Sisters," with a sermon by that title to be given by Imam Azhar Subedar, Spiritual Director of Purposeful Life, a charitable organization "for Interfaith community support efforts building knowledge (of Islam), friendship and peace."
Since this will be the eve of Rosh Hashanah, with that Jewish celebration beginning later that day, the service will also recognize the significance of that event, including the blowing of a shofar. As we are honoring the Abrahamic religions as among the sources of Unitarian Universalism, the Christian significance of trumpet blowing will also be acknowledged. (It ushers in the resurrection of the saints at Christ's second coming.) However, the sermon by the Imam will be the main event of the service.
You can learn more about Imam Subedar and Purposeful Life's work at the organization's website.
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