Pastoral Message on our Muslim Neighbors
This week marks the season of Ramadan for our Muslim neighbors. Until July 5th Muslims will fast daily, to increase their awareness of human dependence on God and the needs of those who are poor.
Because we are living in a time of misunderstanding and hostile messages about outsiders and persons of other backgrounds and faith traditions, the Lutheran community has an opportunity to honor our Muslim neighbors differently in the coming days.
A growing number of congregations are using the study booklet, My Neighbor Is Muslim, published by Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, to increase awareness of the Muslim faith. A study guide for youth, Loving Our Muslim Neighbors, is also available.
Making efforts to know and understand our neighbors, looking out for their well being and seeing Muslims as gifted members of the human family is our Lutheran way. During Ramadan, I pray for stronger relationships between Christians and Muslims.
The Rev. Deborah Hutterer
Director of Congregational Relations