UNMC to Host Interfaith Service – Sunday, July 26, 2015

“What Do The Bible And Qur’an Say About Welcoming People of Other Faiths?”
A worship and outreach event with sermons by Pastor Crystal Lewis and Imam Mehmet Ayaz

Universalist National Memorial Church is excited to announce plans to host A Day of Interfaith Unity on Sunday, July 26, 2015. This event will open with an interfaith service incorporating Christian and Muslim traditions, and will be led by Pastor Crystal Lewis of Universalist National Memorial Church and Imam Mehmet Ayaz of the Ezher Bloom Mosque in Fairfax. Imam Ayaz and I will present a joint sermon on the theme, “What Do The Bible and Qur’an Say About Welcoming People of Other Faiths?” The itinerary for the afternoon will include the following:

Morning Worship Service – 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Join us for a service combining traditional elements of Christian and Muslim worship. Music will be provided by the UNMC choir. Imam Mehmet Ayaz and Pastor Crystal Lewis will present prayers for peace and unity along with a joint sermon on the day’s theme.

Tour & Light Refreshments – 12:15 p.m. to 12:55 p.m.
Stay after the worship service to build bonds of friendship across religious boundaries. Tour the historic Universalist National Memorial Church with a member of our congregation to learn more about the history of our building and the Universalist Christian tradition.

Question & Response Session – 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Pastor Lewis and Imam Ayaz will respond to questions from attendees about topics related to interfaith bridge-building and the events experienced that morning.

Founded in 1929, Universalist National Memorial Church (UNMC) is a liberal Universalist Christian church; that is, liberal in that there is no creedal test to become a member of our congregation, Universalist in that we affirm that no soul is forever lost from the all-conquering love of God, and Christian in that the focus of our religious journey is the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. UNMC is a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and is affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship and The Progressive Christian Alliance.

We hope that you’ll come out and enjoy this Day of Interfaith Unity with us.