SILICON VALLEY, California — On Sunday, September 9, 2012, just two days before the 11th anniversary of 9/11, thirty-five Muslims and Christians united to build peace by serving more than 300 meals to residents of CityTeam Men's Recovery Center and to the homeless. Orientation was hosted at Pacifica Institute in Sunnyvale. Pastor Larry Albright of Lincoln Glen Church helped orient volunteers. Christian and Muslim volunteers were paired into buddy groups and got to know each other by discussing fun questions about fond childhood memories, favorite holidays, and faith heroes. Afterwards, buddy groups worked together to make fruit salad, green salad, tasty halal chicken, rice, and revani, a sweet Turkish dessert. After all food were prepared, volunteers brought the meal to the CityTeam Men's Recovery Center for service. Before the meal was served, Pastor Larry Albright thanked God in prayer for the food, then prayed God's blessing upon all residents and guests. After guests had eaten, volunteers dined together in buddy groups and enjoyed more conversation. A member of Pacifica Institute closed our time together with a prayer in both Arabic and English, praising God for the privilege of serving Him by feeding our neighbors in need. Thanks be to God, new friendships were made, and bridges of peace and understanding were built between members of both faith communities.
Photos courtesy of Pacifica Institute