Hello Bath family and friends! Grace and Peace to you all in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. School is almost out, it's getting warmer and we're heading into vacation season. This usually means things slow down in the church. Not true for Bath! We are planning our next Coffee House, stay tuned for more information! The Missions committee is in full swing with some new missions in the works and our summer project, Habitat for Humanity's Catch the Building Spirit. We are also making some changes to Sunday's schedule for June-August. Breakfast will be at 9, followed by an intergenerational Sunday for Everyone!! Worship, beginning June 4, will be at 10:15am, with a more casual summer atmosphere. Come experience the Spirit alive and active at Bath Presbyterian this Summer!! Summer can also be a good time to learn something new and unfamiliar! I recently went to a Mosque in Columbus to take a day-long seminar on Islam in America, and I thought I would share some interesting facts with you all. *Only .0001% of Muslims in the world are part of Isis *0.3% of murders in American are committed by Muslim terrorists *Primarily, Isis targets Muslims in the Middle-East *Most of the patriarchal/misogynous traditions we associate with Muslims (male escorts in public, females not being educated, males and females not being in the same room, women not being able to drive) are cultural laws in Middle-Eastern countries, NOT RELIGIOUS based, and are not practiced by Muslims in America. *The "hijab" that some Muslim women wear is a sign of respect to God and in America is not something husbands enforce. Conservative Muslim women are required to wear it when they enter puberty, but some families chose to have their daughter wear it much younger so she gets used to bullying and teasing and it doesn't coincide with awkward teen years. *George Washington hired primarily Muslim workers at Mt Vernon because of "their efficiency". *The Islam faith is on record over 100 times stating that "Isis is in no way a Muslim organization because of their abuse of this peaceful religion." Terrorism is considered an unforgivable act in the Koran! *The fundamental beliefs of Islam are peace, trust and honesty. *The five pillars of Islam are: 1- shihada (similar to our declarations of faith) 2- pray to God 5 times a day 3- fasting at Ramadan (holy holiday) 4- give to charity 5- pilgrimage to Mecca during one's lifetime Most of this should sound very similar to us! The 3 Abrahamic Faiths (Islam, Christianity and Judaism) are much more similar than different. We get a lot of mis-information online and through our media. I am very open to a conversation about World Faiths, if anyone is interested. Call, text or email me at any time to discuss or set an appointment.
Blessings! Pastor Emily