This year, we will seek to understand one another. We will stand together with our friends of all faiths. We will unite against fear. And we will stand up for religious freedom. Next Tuesday morning we will come together at the Islamic Center of America to launch ‘2016: A Year of Faith and Peace.’
Our community is captured by fear. There is much talk of abandoning some of our most cherished faith values.
The antidote is standing up for our common faith values.
“Our metropolitan communities of faith have been looking for an opportunity to publicly express their strongly felt faith values,” says IFLC chair Bob Bruttell.
“We need to stand together, comfort one another, and commit to working together to solve these problems as people of faith,” says Bruttell.
During this season of peace, Christmas, Hanukkah and the birth of the Prophet, our faith leaders will kick off a year of events that will reinforce our faith and help to calm our fears. In the current charged atmosphere we must commit ourselves to actively working toward more understanding, creating friendships and building community.
During all of 2016 IFLC and the interfaith community will introduce adult literacy programs, religious diversity immersion programs, congregational exchanges, interfaith dinners, open houses, and other innovative educational events designed to help our community develop understanding and bonds of friendship.
“We cannot allow terrorism and intemperate political statements to displace our faith values. It’s as simple, as important and as critical as that. Our better angels require us to seek peace, generate good will and care for each other,” Bob emphasized.
Come join us on Tuesday, December 22, at 10 am, at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn. The public is invited and welcome. Together we will keep the faith that overcomes fear.