Open Hearts, Open Minds: interfaith vigil

In United States of Americaby

15Feb2017

From 7:00 until 8:30

At Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish

Concord, NH 180 Loudon Rd, Concord, New Hampshire 03301

Greater Concord Interfaith Council / http://www.greaterconcordinterfaithcouncil.org/contact-us.html

Please join the Greater Concord Interfaith Council at an interfaith vigil in support of immigrants, refugee resettlement, & especially our Muslim neighbors and friends.

Recently a member of the Islamic Society of Greater Concord, was at an out of town public event. An unknown woman approached her in a restroom. Like many Muslim women living in America who wear hijabs, appearing in public can be difficult. The woman in the restroom wasn’t a bother, however. She simply wanted to give our friend a hug to show support and kindness toward a Muslim woman.

We need more of this as we face profound differences and deteriorating public discourse. A word of kindness to a woman in a hijab, habit or kippah, or a smile to a stranger, shows love. We must comfort those who are being singled out or who live in fear.

The Greater Concord Interfaith Council collaborates on important issues because what we have in common is stronger than what divides us. We need the spiritual idea of hospitality. The Muslims members of the GCIC express their gratitude to the many neighbors who have reached out to express support and compassion during this difficult time. These acts of kindness have helped them tremendously.

Our Muslim neighbors have the same desires as those who have come to America before them: to learn English, find jobs, start businesses, contribute to our local economy, and add to our culture. They are grateful to live in a country that respects the freedom of religion, and to live in a community that has shown them kindness and compassion.

Sincerely,
The Greater Concord Interfaith Council

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