Monday, April 25
The FPC Mission Committee and The Dialogue Institute of Austin, a Muslim organization, are hosting an interfaith iftar dinner, a communal feast to break the Ramadan fast for the day. This will be a free event held in the Fellowship Hall at FPC and ALL are invited!
Background Information: The Dialogue Institute of Austin is a group of Muslims who seek “to promote mutual understanding, respect and cooperation among people of diverse faiths and cultures by creating opportunities for direct communication and meaningful shared experiences.” One way they do this work is by sharing Iftars with local congregations and synagogues during the month of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. This year, they are sharing Iftars with our Jewish, Episcopalian, Catholic, Lutheran and Mormon friends in the area. They are also sharing a couple of them with Presbyterian congregations, including ours!
The evening brings together members from different backgrounds and is a chance for Christians to talk with their Muslim neighbors about Ramadan, their fellowship and more. The goal is to foster dialogue, solidarity and peace among the different faith communities. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Muslim faith – and a timely one given that FPC will soon be sponsoring a refugee family from Afghanistan. If you would like to join, please RSVP by Wednesday, April 21.
Outline of the Evening:
7:15pm – 7:30pm: Gathering
7:30pm – 7:45pm: FPC welcome & introduction
7:45pm – 8:00pm: Dialogue Institute – Presentation Ramadan & Fasting
Sunset – 9:00pm: Dinner