Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Christian Peace ‘Makers’ Speak Up!
In an unprecedented meeting held October 9, 2012, leaders from multiple faiths came together to discuss a peaceful response to religious tensions within the Dearborn community
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
DEARBORN, MI (ANS) -- In response to “Peace-Breaker” events, which sought to divide the faith community in Dearborn, MI surrounding the Arab Festival last June, “Peace-Makers” from the Christian and Muslim communities, demonstrated their solidarity in word and deed today.
In a strong show of support of non-violence the Christian community came together today with the Muslim community to speak up for themselves rather than letting “peace-breaker” activities speak for them. Meeting with Mayor John B. O’Reilly Jr., Chief of Police Ronald Haddad and other city officials, Christian and Muslim leaders launched a joint effort to respond to Dearborn’s most pressing community needs.
Christian leaders have been meeting for months following the June incident to pray and discover how they may work well with law enforcement and the Muslim community while preserving their mission and message. One of the key voices regarding this matter is Dr. Michael Ewert, pastor of the Dearborn Free Methodist Church and adjunct professor of World Religions at Spring Arbor University.
Dr. Ewert told reporters, “Christ calls us to be Peace-Makers, not Peace-Breakers. Christians have lived side by side with other faiths in Dearborn for many years peacefully. Outside groups, like the one today, do not speak for us. We are speaking up by issuing a joint statement as faith leaders of our commitment to non-violence while preserving our most fundamental Constitutional right to freedom of speech and religion. We are committing to work together with first responders in meeting Dearborn’s most pressing community needs. As Christian leaders we are networking, preparing and responding together with local first responders through ReadyDearborn. We are hoping the Muslim community will join with us intentionally to mitigate our community needs both now and in the future.”
Mary Marr who serves on the Department of Homeland Security Faith-based Security and Communications Committee is working closely with local law enforcement, faith leaders and DHS to provide a common infrastructure to responding together in the community of Dearborn and nationwide. Marr told reporters today “Despite the damage and media attention focused upon recent global unrest the Christian and Muslim communities in Dearborn demonstrates that people of different faith expressions are able to walk, work and worship side by side.”
To assist you, your family, church and local Christian community to assess your level of biblical readiness, develop emergency operations plans, build spiritual, emotional, mental and physical resiliency to biblically respond in crisis of all kinds, CEN provides three helpful training programs - ReadyChristian, ReadyChurch, and ReadyCity. For more information on engaging with ReadyDearborn, contact Mary Marr at email@example.com.
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