On November 19th, 2021, the United Islamic Center of Arizona (UICA), in conjunction with Mustard Seed (the multi-faith project of MPAC), hosted members of Redemption Church Arizona and Central Christian Church (Glendale campus) to allow their members to understand Islam better. Members of both Evangelical Churches and UICA came together to understand one another better and learn how Muslims and Christians can work together to better their communities. Valentina Cantori, the organizer and Mustard Seed fellow, and Wadan Khan, a Mustard Seed volunteer, helped coordinate the gathering.
After Maghrib Prayer, UICA provided dinner for guests, board members, and volunteers. Allowing an opportunity for individuals to socialize, share stories, and ask questions on a personal level.
After dinner, everyone gathered in the prayer hall for a brief presentation by Sister Cheryl Stover on UICA, its mission, and the role of the masjid for the Muslim community. Following the presentation, Imam Didmar Faja gave a quick summary of Islamic beliefs and practices.
Guests were invited to watch as the UICA congregation performed Isha Prayer. After Isha prayer, Imam Didmar Faja, Pastor Joshua Prather, and Pastor Dean Kuest held a question-and-answer panel where members of both communities had an opportunity to ask questions and clear up misconceptions about each other’s beliefs. Finally, in the spirit of multi-faith cooperation, the three community leaders resolved that despite the differences between Muslims and Christians, they must work together towards common goals for the betterment of the community.