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‘Serving Thy Neighbor’ is theme of annual Interfaith Community Dinner

On Sunday, August 7, the public is invited to the Fifth Annual Memphis Interfaith Dinner, an event where people of faith will gather to celebrate diversity and understanding. On Sunday, August 7, the public is invited to the Fifth Annual Memphis Interfaith Dinner, an event where Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Jain, Hindus and other people of faith will to gather celebrate diversity and understanding.

With the theme, “Serving Thy Neighbor,” the event will be held at the Great Hall in Germantown at 1900 South Germantown Road beginning at 6 p.m.  Memphis Interfaith is an initiative promoting dialogue, goodwill, and service among all ethnic groups and religions. The organization is hosting the event in association with Muslim Society of Memphis.

Guests must RSVP by July 15th online at www.memphisinterfaith.org.

The event is part of Ramadan Celebration.  Beginning in early August, Muslims around the globe will engage in daily fasting, congregational prayers, and charity in observance of the annual Islamic month of Ramadan. The fasting day on Sunday, August 7, will be broken to participate in a time of sharing, networking and breaking of bread with people from all faith groups in the greater Memphis community.

Guests are asked to bring canned goods and other non-perishable items, which will be distributed by participants to the homeless. Organizers of the event decided to collect food items because of the hardship that many Memphis families are suffering due to the current economic downturn and loss of jobs.

The Memphis Interfaith dinner began in 2007 as an occasion intended to bring people of all faiths together to break bread.  Since that time, the Muslim Society of Memphis has continued to sponsor the event in the month of Ramadan. This year’s event, is also sponsored by the Memphis Islamic Center, Islamic Association of Greater Memphis, Masjid Taqwa, Masjid Mu’minun, all Memphis area mosques, Muslim Students Association of Memphis, Memphis Muslim Youth, and other churches, synagogues, and religious/civic organizations in Memphis.

(For more information, visit: www.memphisinterfaith.org.)

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