Confirmation class includes meeting those of other faiths

Participants in the confirmation class of Oaklawn UMC Hot Springs recently visited the Little Rock Islamic Center as part of their learning experience, receiving an opportunity to get to know some of their Muslim neighbors. The students shared a meal with Muslim youth and talked about God, prayer and the challenges of being teenagers. 

The confirmands also have visited House of Israel in Hot Springs and St. Edwards Catholic Church as part of their studies. Another field trip focused on a service opportunity at a sister church, CanvasCommunity UMC Little Rock.

“As the world becomes a more dangerous and divided place, it is central to our faith to provide opportunities for youth to meet and dialog with our neighbors of other faiths as we pray for peace and understanding,” said the Rev. Dr. Russ Breshears, pastor of Oaklawn UMC.

 In this photo from the visit to the Islamic Center, three United Methodist confirmands appear with two Muslim youth. Can you tell which are United Methodist and which are Muslim?