Drawing upon many faith-based traditions, Unitarian Universalists welcome and encourage open dialogue.

That’s what attracted consulting pastor Alec Craig, a onetime Congregational church member who drifted away from organized religion in his late teens, and joined the Unitarian Universalist church at 30.

It’s what attracted Tobi Weisbond of New Port Richey, who was raised Jewish and still considers herself culturally Jewish but attends the Spirit of Life church.

Tolerance, personal exploration and individual choice are hallmarks of the Unitarian Universalist faith, and this Sunday will be no different, as Spirit of Life devotes the morning to a discussion about Islam.

The guest speaker at the 11 a.m. service will be Ahmed Bedier, executive director of the Council of American Islamic Relations in Tampa.

The church invited Bedier to provide a Muslim’s perspective on the intolerance endured by many Muslims in the United States today, and because many Americans are ignorant about Islam, Craig said.

“This is an excellent opportunity for all of us to ask questions, to be informed,” Craig said.

“It’s important for us to not only bring everyone to the table, but also to sit with them and listen.”


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