Living our Open and Affirming Covenant: Interfaith Connections
As followers of Jesus, we treasure our relationships with people of other faiths. We are strongly connected to the Jewish and Muslim communities in Kansas through our partnership with Kansas Interfaith Action (KIFA). Locally, we have been a part of a newly-forming Interbelief group through our partnership with ECM. Members of our congregation have regularly visited the Islamic Center of Manhattan, the Manhattan Jewish Congregation, and the Bahai community for worship and to learn more about these other faiths.
In 2017 and 2018, we participated in KIFA's "Stand with Muslim Neighbors" event, both by rallying at the state house and by inviting friends from the local Islamic Center to come and preach during a Sunday morning service. Our youth group has partnered with youth from the Manhattan Jewish Congregation (as well as the Manhattan Mennonite Congregation and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Manhattan) for social events. One of our members organized the Sukkot Solidarity Dinner in the fall of 2017 on K-State's campus.
Read: "Importance of Understanding and Acceptance" interview with Pastor Caela and Syed Haroon bin Farrukh from the Islamic Center of Manhattan (see page 58 of the magazine)
Read: Letter to the Editor, "We Stand with our Muslim Neighbors"
"Agape in Action"
"Arise, my love, and come away"
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