(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/19/17) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today announced that it is joining with the United Church of Christ (UCC) in the release video promoting interfaith understanding.
The video, called â€œTrading Places,â€ seeks to demonstrate that major religions, while unique and distinct, do share common core values, like love, peace, family, and justice. The 90-second video shows three clergy members swapping their religious attire and then going to preach in the othersâ€™ house of worship. The message is that, regardless of the specific rituals and beliefs, these faiths are all inherently good and loving.
â€œAt this time of increasing societal conflicts, it is incumbent upon faith communities to come together to promote hope and inclusion, rather than fear and division,â€ said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
â€œWith all of the religious bigotry, hate crimes and talk of Muslim registries today, we believe itâ€™s a good time for a message about interfaith understanding,â€ said John Dorhauer, general minister and president of the UCC. â€œGiven the current political mood, a message of togetherness has been absent from the national dialogue.â€
The Unitarian Universalist Association and Rabbi John Linder of Temple Solel in Phoenix, Ariz., have also endorsed the video.
About the United Church of Christ
The United Church of Christ is a mainline Protestant denomination with nearly 1 million members and more than 5,000 congregations nationwide. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, the UCC is a church of many firsts, including the first mainline denomination to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly-gay man and the first predominantly white denomination to ordain an African American.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: www.cair.com/report
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