ACTION: Gainesville Community Response to the Qu’ran Book-Burning
PLEASE NOTE: I made a mistake on the original post regarding the date of the event at Trinity United Methodist Church. It is on FRIDAY evening!
We are dismayed at the publicity a tiny “church” in our city has received for their misguided antics. They have fifty individuals on their rolls and fewer than 30 members attending on any given Sunday, yet the Wall Street Journal described them as a “mega-church,” and similar articles have fueled worldwide concern and protest.
We encourage folks NOT to protest the planned book burning on the church grounds, but to attend alternative gatherings offered this weekend – a very family-friendly “Gathering for Peace, Understanding, and Hope” on FRIDAY at Trinity Methodist Church, and “A Day of Peace and Unity” sponsored by the Gainesville Muslim Initiative at the Downtown Plaza (see below for details).
Maybe there will be enough of us at these peaceful, productive gatherings to lure the press in a better direction.
A Gathering for Peace, Understanding and Hope
Friday, September 10, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
@Trinity United Methodist Church, 4000 NW 53rd Avenue, on 53rd Avenue next to 43rd St.
Hosted by the Gainesville Interfaith Forum
The Trinity United Methodist Church along with the support of the Gainesville Interfaith Forum, will be hosting a Gathering for Peace, Understanding and Hope. We will have activities for children of our different faiths to play together, arts and educational crafts, cultural displays, foods from various regions of the world, and a time of prayer.
Candlelight Vigil for Peace and Unity hosted by Gainesville Muslim Initiative
Make a stand for peace and unity between the different religions, cultures and ethnic groups that make up the fabric of the American society. We believe in the right of people to be different, and we believe in the right of people to be respected for their difference. Why should we focus on our differences while there is so much we can do together to overcome our challenges as the human race? Let us all make a stand together for charity by feeding the homeless , for compassion by donating blood, and for tolerance by lighting a candle .
Program: Saturday, September 11, Downtown Plaza
5:00 to 6:00 pm:
Project Downtown Gainesville will be feeding the homeless. Food will be provided by local families but if you want to help setting up the tables and serving the plates, please come by 4:30 pm.
5:00 to 7:00 pm:
Blood Drive: Help save a life by donating blood and encouraging your friends to do the same. Life South will be present at the event with two buses. Our local hospitals are in dire need of blood and our objective for the evening will be 60 donors.
Book Drive: When books are being burnt, knowledge is being lost. In this day and age, we should be expanding our knowledge or at least preserving it. The Gainesville Public Library, will be present at the event with a wish list of books. Please stop by their booth and contribute however much you can to fulfill their need. Also, if you have a collection of books that you would like to donate they will be more than willing to have it.
Food Drive: Feeding the homeless one meal is a good thing, but making sure that that a system is in place for them when they will need another meal is even better. We will be collecting non perishable food items during the whole event. Everything collected will be given to local charities that provide weekly meals to the homeless people.
7:00 pm: National Anthem
7:05 to 8:00 pm: Brief declaration by community leaders
8:00 to 8:15 pm: Candlelight Vigil
8:15 to 8:16 pm: One minute of silence will be observed
8:16 to 9:00 pm: Resume the blood, book and food drives