Deacon Phil Belieber (Association for Episcopal Deacons) joined other clergy to attend a multi-faith community meal in support of the Al Aqsa mosque this month. Earlier in the week a bigot threw a pig's head at the building. That act of hate generated an outpouring of love from the community and from across the country.
He writes: The attendance was huge and heart warming. I was deeply moved by the number of members of the mosque who came up and shook my hand and thanked me for my support. There were many different faiths represented supporting our Muslim neighbors. We participated in an amazingly delicious meal and had wonderful conversations. Their hospitality was very telling. We attended their evening prayer service. Afterwards a member of the mosque who was originally from Palestine said, "This is how it should be. We come together in unity and love under one God. It's what's in your heart that counts". He continued, "Where else could you have Jews during Hanukkah come to a mosque for a community meal. Praise Allah". I pray that as sons and daughters of Abraham we may continue to live in peace, love and community.