By Dale Neal, Asheville Citizen-Times (N.C.).
Two local congregations hope to start bridging the gaps of misunderstanding between Christian and Muslim believers.
Heath Rada, moderator of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and Imam Mohamed Taha of the Asheville Islamic Center will host a public interfaith forum at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church.
The forum is in response to an invitation from the White House, issued to denominational-level faith leaders, to engage their congregations in a nationwide effort to bridge the growing racial and religious gap that continues to divide this country.
“The president is calling on the faith communities of the United States to stand up for justice, human rights and the basic religious principles of our nation,” Rada explained. “Such work is one of the defining characteristics of the Presbyterian Church.”
“We will gather as a sign of our shared commitment to building bridges of peace and understanding between Islam and Christianity,” Rada said.