In the wake of the vandalism that took place at Springfield’s Islamic Center late last week, many participants from Brentwood have expressed a desire to do what they can to be of support to Springfield’s Islamic community. Over the last week, I (Phil) have been in contact with local leaders from the Council of Churches of the Ozarks and the Springfield Interfaith Alliance, along with representatives from the Islamic Center, in order to consider the most helpful responses that we can make. We are in the process of putting together a clean up crew to help remove the graffiti, and I will announce to you when that will take place as soon as the precise date and time are confirmed. In the meantime, we have been invited to the Islamic Center this evening (January 15) between 5:30 and 7 p.m. This provides an opportunity to build bridges and to express our desire to develop a community rooted in love, dignity and respect for everyone, including those from different religious traditions. If you are interested in going, the Islamic Center’s address is 2151 East Division Street, near the intersection of Division and Glenstone. You are welcome to email me at “psnider at brentwoodchristianchurch dot com” for more info.
Also, you might like to know that tomorrow evening, January 16, South Street Christian Church will present a special worship service recalling the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Springfield City Council member (and Brentwood member) Bob Stephens will be speaking on the city’s efforts towards diversity and civility. The service starts at 5:00 pm and will be followed by South Street’s annual chili cook-off. The church is located at 500 South Avenue, at the corner of Elm.
And, of course, be sure to join us for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. march on Monday, January 17. Details can be viewed here.
Thanks for your continued prayers and acts of love done in the name of Christ.