Lexington Muslim-Baptist Partnership Remembers 9/11 and Reaches Out to Katrina Victims

September 10, 2005

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader


On September 10, 2005 the Lexington Herald-Leader reported, "Four years after 9/11, Lexington Christians and Muslims are working together today to promote unity and public service and to honor the memory of those who died.

About 40 volunteers will spend the day visiting children in area hospitals and holding a picnic for disabled kids, according to organizers.

The workers will donate time at God's Pantry and at a home for the handicapped. They'll also sew teddy bears and security blankets, which they hope to send to victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Baptist Seminary of Kentucky student Brandy Albritton helped organize the project, one of about a dozen 9/11 public service programs which are being sponsored by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

The Muslim-Baptist partnership makes sense, Albritton says.

'Both of our groups have a passion for (helping) those in need,' she said. 'We believe strongly on both sides that we can accomplish more by working together than we can by focusing on our differences'... Abdul Quayyum, chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' Kentucky chapter, said Muslims welcomed the opportunity to work with Baptists.

'All religion is about serving God,' he said. 'One of the best ways to serve God is by serving His children.'"