Here is the link to a story about Aldersgate United Methodist in Alexandria, Va. that OPENED their doors for six months to a muslim congregation that needed some temporary worship space.
This caused a ruckus in the church, some people got mad and left, but when it was all said and done here is what happened:
The two congregations “developed a real affection for each other,” Mr. Stone added, and joined together to serve food and collect coats for the needy in Memphis. The church and mosque also co-hosted a fellowship Thanksgiving dinner in November.
Now THAT is what Jesus would have done! Due to all the press that was received on this, I imagine Aldersgate received more than a few stories in the press, many people blogging about them and all the press and links that it generated caused many people to look at this church in a different way.
Perhaps even, some in a positive way and perhaps they gained some new visitors and members simply by LOVING their neighbor – especially those that are different than them!
Way to go Aldersgate!
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