By Terri Purdy
In January, FUMC hosted CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) for Texas Muslim Capitol Day. The event brought over 600 Muslims and supporters from all over Texas, to learn about civic advocacy and meet their elected officials. Numerous FUMC folks volunteered. Some greeted guests at the Sanctuary and FLC. Some acted as “peaceful protectors” during the rally, creating a
human shield between participants and protesters. Some volunteered through CAIR, leading guests to and from the Capitol for the rally, lunch, and representative meetings.
I spent the entire day setting up and serving lunch. Working with a few volunteers, we set up rows of folding chairs, received delivery of warm halal lunches, and puzzled over how to quickly feed hundreds of hungry guests without distracting from the advocacy training. After carting food and drinks to serve each row of seats, we had a short break before the second lunch shift, followed by cleanup. I’ll admit the day was less exciting and more physically taxing than I’d expected.
But even throughout the mundane work, I felt assured that it was God’s work. That day, FUMC demonstrated, through not just words on a banner, but through action, that “We Stand With Our Muslim Neighbors.”