Target: Reverend Canon Gina Campbell of the Washington National Cathedral
Goal: Commend Washington National Cathedral for beginning to host Muslim prayers
A prominent church in the Washington D.C. area recently announced that it would begin hosting Muslim Friday prayers in its facilities. This is a significant symbolic step in celebrating diversity, countering Islamophobia, and pursuing harmony between all religions. Applaud the church for taking such an important stand against Islamophobia.
The Washington National Cathedral, the second-largest cathedral in America and one frequented by many U.S. politicians, recently announced that it church would begin to host Muslim Friday prayers, called Jumaa, every week, in the spirit of interfaith harmony and brotherhood. The inaugural prayers will be attended by the reverend of the cathedral itself and representatives from a number of local and national Muslim organizations, and will be broadcast live around the world through the cathedral’s website. South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, who worked with the cathedral’s Reverend Canon Gina Campbell to organize the prayers, called the move a “dramatic moment in the world and in Muslim-Christian relations,” and he and the reverend hope other people of faith around the world see the service and follow its lead of mutual cooperation and support between different faiths.
Though other churches have done this in the past, this one has by far the highest national and international profile and the most connections to the country’s political elite. Sign the petition below to let the Washington National Cathedral know that we appreciate it embracing interfaith harmony and rejecting Islamophobia.
Dear Reverend Canon Gina Campbell and the Washington National Cathedral,
I am writing you today about your recent announcement that you would begin hosting the Muslim Friday prayers of Jumaa at your church. I wanted to thank you for your move and express my wholehearted support for your plans.
As I’m sure you know, Islamophobia has become a real problem across the country, both among regular citizens and within political circles. Instances of anti-Muslim prejudice and violence have been on the increase here and, indeed, in many other places internationally. Religious conflict continues to rage in the Middle East and around the world. The need for positive examples of unequivocal interfaith cooperation, advocacy, and mutual support to provide a counterpoint to these all-too-familiar examples of negativity has never been higher.
As a cathedral with high national and international recognition, I am very happy that you decided to take a stand and be one of those examples of interfaith harmony. Your decision to host Muslim Friday prayers will hopefully be seen across the country and around the world, and its spirit of cooperation and support emulated. I applaud you for deciding to advocate for interfaith cooperation and support and for taking a stand against Islamophobia.
[Your Name Here]
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