Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Blessing of the Qur'an at my church on Sunday

All over the news is the story of the church (Dove World Outreach Center) in Gainsville, Florida that is planning on burning copies of the Qur'an as some kind of senseless demonstration. Lots of people have spoken out against it and they still plan to go ahead.

I don't know what point they're trying to make, but the act is wrong, un-Christian, and intolerant.

My church just issued the following press release. We're going to be blessing the Qur'an on Sunday.


NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Irvine Christian Congregation Plans Blessing of the Qur’an (Koran) on September 12

Irvine United Congregational Church will invite members and friends to pray over or otherwise honor the Qur’an during regular worship services on September 12. The activity is set for the Sunday immediately following the anniversary of the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and on the day after a small fundamentalist church in Florida planned to burn the Muslim holy book,

Said Senior Minister, the Rev. Dr. Paul Tellström,
“In our progressive Christian view, Muslims are simply walking a different path than us up the same mountain in order to build a right relationship with God. The practices and the holy scripture of Islam are therefore worthy of honor. Furthermore, our congregation desires to stand with Muslim brothers and sisters who find themselves and their faith assaulted and disparaged. In this we fulfill our Just Peace stance within our denomination, the United Church of Christ.
See http://www.ucc.org/justice/peacemaking/a-just-peace-church-1.html

For many years, the Irvine congregation hosted both a synagogue and a mosque in its facilities.
Worship services are at 8:45 and 10:45 a.m. on Sundays, in the church facilities at 4915 Alton Parkway, Irvine.


I'm so proud to be part of IUCC.

1 comment:

Mausburger said...

News flash: Qur'an burning has been canceled. Hooray! http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/10/us/10obama.html?_r=1&src=tptw