The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Monroe invited the Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Congregation to conduct our Sunday morning service within their sacred space on Sept. 11, 2016. Together our two communities have a long relationship of joining efforts for blood drives and occasional programs.
Rev. Eric Kaminetzky and Rev. Cecilia Kingman, conducted the Sunday service at the Abode of Kindness Mosque. Over 120 members of our congregation attended the service in Monroe.
Read the Edmonds Beacon article by Craig Cyr, Board President. In his article, he noted that Unitarians and Muslims have a
500-year shared commitment to freedom of religious thought with the larger Muslim community: We learned about Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent of the Ottoman Empire, who offered protection to the first Unitarians in Eastern Europe, and we learned that it is a part of Islamic law that Muslims protect religious minorities within their lands.
Watch part of the service on YouTube.
Craig Cyr, Board President, said it perfectly:
It is a good and worthy practice to get to know our neighbors. To honor and respect them. To trust that their simple aspirations of living in peace are as real and loving as our own.
Cooperation and loving kindness help to quiet the bombastic, dishonest voices of hate that would have us turn against one another for their political gain. It is never too late to choose to live in love.