In response to the recent massacre at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zeeland, in which 50 people died, the Islamic Association-Fort Worth will host an interfaith service of prayer and remembrance for its victims. Joining Hearts and Hands, Community Prayer for the Victims in New Zealand, will begin at 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 31 at 4901 Diaz Avenue, Fort Worth, TX. As our Greater Fort Worth faith community gathers, joining people of faith all over the world In the wake of this shooting, we urge and encourage full participation in this sacred event from our First Church family as Muslim, Jewish, and Christians people come together, standing shoulder to shoulder in prayer, support, compassion, and solidarity against this horrific crime.
The service will be approximately one hour in length and will be followed by a time of fellowship with food and refreshment provided by the Muslim community. Seating is limited to 700, so please arrive early to be sure to take your place at this sad but sacred occasion of support and care for our brothers and sisters so deeply affected by this tragedy.
This service will include local Islamic, Jewish, and Christian leaders as well as local civic leaders including Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald.
Attendees are asked to dress modestly, with covered legs and no sleeveless tops. Headscarves are optional. Guests are welcome to bring their own, and the hosts will provide some as well for those who choose to wear them. Shoe covers / bags will be provided for all, so removing and keeping track of one’s shoes will not be an issue. For this event, women and men will be seated together, and cameras will be allowed into the worship space. A live stream of the event will also be available.