Crossing the Road to Love our Neighbor
The Samaritan Project is a new ministry of Alleluia designed to foster conversations and understanding among diverse peoples. In a society that has increasingly become “siloed”, where we tend to spend time in our own silos with people just like us, the call to build relationships across cultures, ethnicities, race and socio-economics is imperative. It is only when we get to know the “other” that we can begin to understand their challenges and empathize with their reality in meaningful ways. The Samaritan Project wants to encourage and highlight learning opportunities to help us to enter into relationships with a diversity of people. The goal is to build mutual respect and understanding as we are reminded that we are all God’s beloved children.
Upcoming Learning Opportunities and Events:
Taking Heart Iftar Dinners
Ramadan is a holy month of the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. Fasting during Ramadan, which falls during the summer season, is one of the “five pillars” of Islam and is performed to learn compassion, self-restraint, and generosity. A meal called an Iftar breaks the fast each day. In 2018 Ramadan falls between sundown May 15 and June 14.
Taking Heart is a long-running program coordinated by MCC and the Muslim American Society of Minnesota (MAS-MN) to bring Christians and members of other faith communities together with Muslims for food and conversation during Ramadan.
Minnesota mosques and Islamic Community Centers welcome their non-Muslim neighbors for a traditional Ramadan Iftar, inviting a time of learning and encounter. Participants hear a presentation about Islam/Ramadan and the reason for fasting, participate in the breaking of the fast with water and dates, have the opportunity to observe prayer, and then join at table for wonderful food and conversation.
The Open Houses are held primarily around the Greater Metro Area of the Twin Cities, but also in several communities throughout Minnesota. They are free and open to the public.
For more information or to register for an Iftar Dinner, follow this link: http://mnchurches.org/respectfulcommunities/interfaithprogramming/takingheart/registration.html.
Interested in going as a group with other Alleluia members on June 6th? Please sign up at the welcome center or contact Carol.