Love in a Time of Fear:
Muslims and Christians as Good Neighbors
Monday, December 14th 2015
Trinity Lutheran Church
6215 196th St SW,
Lynnwood, WA 98036
In late November two people sat down to tea. One was a Muslim and the other a Christian. In addition to sadness about the terrorist attacks in Paris, Lebanon and Mali they shared their feelings about the response of political leaders in the US in response to these horrific events.
They decided to see if others wanted to join them in encouraging all people to remember that love of neighbor is the core teachings of Islam and Christianity and all great faith traditions. Love is not having positive feelings but rather the act of seeking the well-being of your neighbor.
Many more want to gather to affirm that even in this time of fear God is calling us to recognize our neighbors and to work for their well-being.
We are people of faith respecting our differences and celebrating our commonalities and our common humanity. In this time of anxiety and tension we encourage
- All people to seek out neighborly relationships with Muslims.
- All people, corporations and governmental agencies to respect the human and civil rights of all people, including Muslims.
- All people in this time of anxiety to resist the urge to stereotype and scapegoat minorities, including Muslims.
- All people people to resist a media narrative that blames Islam as the source of terrorism and ignores the economic and political conditions in Middle East that have led to terrorism of and extremism of a small minority.
- We encourage the United States, in keeping with God's call to love our neighbor especially the vulnerable, to receive more refugees from Syria and other nations with proper and expeditious vetting.
We will have a variety of interesting speakers covering each of these 5 topics.
All are invited to join us for this event and for light refreshments after.
Childcare is provided.
Media from Before the Event:
Watch KOMO TV's Joel Moreno here:
Interview Audio: KOMO Radio AM 1000 and 97.7 FM Brian Calvert Interviewing Terry Kyllo and Jafar Sidiqui on December 8, 2015
Article on the Huffington Post by Jaweed Kaleem:
Audio of the Event:
Complete Video of the Event
Video on YouTube: