Interfaith outreach at MapleCreek

by Barbara Lewis 2. May 2011 15:31

Chaplain Becky Ebb-Speese at MapleCreek decided to make a “quiet but visible statement” about interfaith coexistence after September 11, when a Florida pastor threatened to burn the Quran. She put a Quran and Bible next to each other on her desk, to let the Muslim staff at MapleCreek know that she respects their faith. Albert Preniqi, a dietary assistant at The Terraces originally from Albania (in photo with Becky, at left), took note. “He was quite surprised to see the display and to know that I had read the Quran,” said Pastor Becky. The chaplain also bought rosaries for residents of The Woods at MapleCreek after she read The Year of Living Like Jesus by Ed Dobson. “The Catholic residents were thrilled to be able to show the rest of us how to pray the rosary,” she said. “Many of the residents wear them around their necks or attached to their walkers. I assured the Protestants that they could use prayers other than ‘Hail, Mary’ when they use the rosary for prayer.”




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