It was September 11th, and while many of us were worried about a potential backlash from the greater community due to the tragedy on that day, the First Congregational Church stepped in. Knowing that we would be alienated and sidelined, the beautiful christian community invited us to co-host their biggest service event, with about a 1,000 people in attendance!
The event was First Serve Serve First. It began with a beautiful prayer service, with words from the 3 faith leaders (Rabbi Jim Egolf, Pastor Peter and Imam Nader), and then we all journeyed forth together in service of our communities, with over 15 projects all over northeastern Ohio! Shortly after the event, the Mayor recognized and honored all 3 faith communities for their service. In the current climate of division and fear, it is through these initiatives that we will revive the beautiful American values we hold. It is through this unity and service that we will build a community of peace, love, and understanding that our children will be proud to live in.