There is a great story in this week’s Church Times (22.03.13, p6). The parish of St John’s, Aberdeen, has made its church hall available to the local Muslim community every Friday to ease overcrowding at the mosque. This came about after the Rector noticed Muslim worshippers praying outside the mosque in the cold.
Not everyone took to the idea straightaway and Christians and Muslims alike had some reservations. But this act of kindness appears to be bearing fruit in strengthening the relationship between the two faith communities.
At the heart of Christian discipleship is the imperative to witness to the love of God as revealed in Christ. By loving their neighbours, extending the hand of friendship, and offering such gracious hospitality it seems to me that the people of St John’s are doing just that.