From: "Emmanuel Mennonite Church" <gnvmenno@...>
Subject: Wednesday: action in solidarity with our Moslem neighbors
Date: Mon, 6 Jul 2009 19:01:11 -0400
I just sent the following message to the Gainesville SUN:
Monday afternoon as I drove by the Dove World Outreach Center on NW 37th Street, I was outraged to see a large hand-painted sign reading "Islam is from the Devil" on the grounds of what claims to be a Christian church. Are they reaching out to the world with hatred? As the pastor of Emmanuel Mennonite Church, I know this is not the message of the Lord we serve.
I know this is also not the message of the citizens of Gainesville. I invite you, my friends of various traditions, to join me in an action this Wednesday, July 8, at the Dove World Outreach Center, 5807 NW 37th Street (turn north off NW 53rd Ave. between NW 43rd and 34th Streets) to express solidarity with our Moslem neighbors who are being insulted by this expression of intolerance, bigotry, and hate.
Please bring signs expressing love and friendship for all our neighbors.
We will gather at 6:45 p.m., as the people of the Dove Center arrive for their 7:00 service. I will invite you to join me in offering ecumenical prayers for the cleansing of our city of hate and violent speech.
Please share this message with all people of goodwill in our city.
Blessings of peace,
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