Next weekend, a Muslim clergyman from New York will deliver a sermon to a local religious congregation.
Not in a mosque — in a Christian church on a Sunday morning.
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf will take the pulpit at the two campuses of First Community Church.
The Rev. David Hett, minister of religious life and learning, said inviting Rauf to preach challenges a prejudice that labels Christians as being opposed to Muslims.
“I think it’s a great statement to make to the community and to the world,” Hett said. “I’m pretty sure there’s never been a Muslim leader speaking from the pulpit, preaching on a Sunday morning.”
Rauf, founder and chairman of the Cordoba Initiative and the American Society for Muslim Advancement, has spent years challenging such prejudices. His organizations work to educate Americans about Islam.