Your Opinion: Steps toward a common faith

Dear Editor:

I appreciate some remarks made by City Administrator Nathan Nickolaus at a recent City Council meeting. He was presenting goals and visions for the City of Jefferson.

“Encourage Diversity.” “Be more welcoming to non-native residents.”

Yes. These are worthy goals.

The Islamic Center of Central Missouri recently hosted a special event with the Capital Area Interfaith Alliance (CAIA). Guests were invited to witness Muslim prayer. A discussion followed, then a film and a meal. We learned to enjoy each other as people.

The Rev. Clifford Cain Ph.D., in a recent short-course made the statement, “Not all Muslims are terrorists.” This is important for us to understand.

I will draw the readers’ attention to Missouri history. A century and a half ago, German immigrants were not well received. They were of a different religion. They spoke a different language. Today they are community leaders and upstanding citizens.

Getting to know one another as people is step number one. Most people are not ready for step number two. We need to create worldwide ecumenical council of Christians, Muslims and others. We need to create a common faith.

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