Local Christians & Muslims Join Together For Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday Night

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - When you think of Thanksgiving, the image of people sitting around a table eating food, sharing what they are thankful for probably comes to mind. That's exactly what Muslims and Christians will be doing Thursday afternoon at the 6th annual Heartsong Church and Memphis Islamic Center Thanksgiving Dinner.

Since the first dinner in 2011, this dinner has grown and become a tradition for many in the community, bringing together more than 300 people.

When the Memphis Islamic Center was first built, many in the community and Heartsong congregation were trying to think of a way to welcome them into the community. When Thanksgiving came around, they decided to extend an invitation to those at MIC, to see if they were interested in having Thanksgiving together.

The initiation worked. Since then, it's become an annual event, celebrating similarities in the two religions, instead of differences.

Organizers say they want this dinner to be an example to the community of the true meaning of loving your neighbor.

"If you recognize this is really about embracing your neighbor, it really is about figuring out how we are going to live with people who we found different from us, and it seems really natural and the right way to do it," says Chris Eaves, Pastor of Heartsong Church.

"It's so important to get together once in a while and just have a casual conversation about life. It doesn't have to necessarily be about religion, but just a friendly atmosphere that can build bridges that were never there, and strengthen a lot of friendships that we can make," says Safi Khan, Memphis Islamic Center.

Everyone is invited to come out to Heartsong and share in this fellowship. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., but you have to have a ticket to get in.

This year’s proceeds will go towards building Friendship Park, an area of land between Heartsong and MIC, that will be turned into a park for everyone's use. 

CLICK HERE to find out how to purchase a ticket to the Thanksgiving dinner.

 

 


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