Christians, Muslims Team Up

July 6, 2007

Author: Yonat Shimron

Source: The News & Observer

When it comes to international humanitarian relief work, North Carolina offers two models.

In the western part of the state there's the Rev. Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse, the international humanitarian relief organization. Graham has sometimes had harsh words about Muslims. After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, he called Islam "an evil and wicked religion."

In the eastern part of North Carolina, a Christian lay leader is offering a different model.

Cashar W. Evans Jr., the vice chairman of the United Methodist Committee on Relief and a resident of Kitty Hawk, helped broker a new partnership between his international relief organization and Muslim Aid, a British charity that works in many of the same hot spots across the globe.

The group Evans is a part of, known for short as UMCOR, hopes this new model of cooperation will set an example for ways that people of different faiths can work to relieve the effects of natural disasters, war and poverty.

See also: Interfaith, Civic