Defying the Nazis UU Action Project at Edmonds UU Congregation, Edmonds, WA
A Gesture of Interfaith Solidarity on the Anniversary of the Sept. 11 Tragedy
Action Date(s): September 11, 2016 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm CDT
Feeling dismayed by the Islamophobic rhetoric that has saturated our politics and media in the years since 9/11 -- and which has become so particularly virulent this election cycle -- and feeling called to offer the world a better example, the Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Edmonds, Washington and the nearby Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Monroe, WA came together on September 11, 2016 for a shared Sunday morning service that emphasized the history of interfaith solidarity and mutual respect among Muslims and Unitarian Universalists. This was not the first time that the Edmonds UU Congregation and the Ahmadiyya Community have partnered with one another. Congregation President Craig Cyr reports that their relationship grew over several years as they conducted joint blood drives together and other projects. When both communities felt the time had come on the anniversary of the September 11 tragedy for a further gesture of respect, the Ahmadiyya Community offered their sacred space at the Abode of Kindness Mosque for a Sunday service at 11 AM. This service, led by Rev. Eric Kaminetzky and Rev. Cecilia Kingman, celebrated the history of Islamic respect for religious diversity and of Unitarian-Muslim cooperation, including the little-known story of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent's extension of religious toleration within his protectorates in the Sixteenth Century, thus allowing for the flowering of early Unitarianism in Transylvania. The service was conducted as a living embodiment of the "Building Bridges to Muslim Neighbors" Action of Immediate Witness passed at GA 2016. Check out Mr. Cyr's write-up of the service here, in the Edmonds Beacon, for a full account of the service and what made it possible.
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