9/11 Eagle Scout Interfaith Service Project
If you were wondering why you saw Muslims at a Jewish synagogue and Mormons at a Methodist church in Corona, CA on September 11th, it wasn’t because they were picketing each other or challenging each other’s doctrine. They along with local Catholics, Jews and Protestants were there working side-by-side in a group that consisted of 130 volunteers who came together on 9/11 to serve their fellow neighbors in need.
Brought together on September 11th through an Eagle Scout project lead by Tyler Parker, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, many of the differing faiths came out in droves to assist their fellow neighbors on a day that has now been proclaimed a day of service toward those in our communities.
“We didn’t mean for my son’s Scout project to fall on 9/11. It just happened that way. We didn’t want to disturb the Jewish Sabbath and found out that they weren’t going to hold services on the second Saturday in September. It wasn’t until I went home and looked at the calendar that I realized the significance of doing the project on that specific date”, stated Christy Parker.
The local Home Depot, Walmart, Albertsons, Sam’s Club and Stater Bros. along with the FFA department of Norco High all contributed supplies and funds for the event. The project helped the two congregations to start the first phase of improvements on their combined lot and will not only give Tyler Parker his coveted Eagle Scout Award but also gave him an education in getting funds and leading a committee of people with different cultural and religious backgrounds to come together to come up with solutions and work together.
Hopefully this will set the stage for future community projects around the time of September 11th as well as setting a standard for what the rest of the US can do in future years to combat religious intolerance; by serving alongside those of different faiths and discovering their not so different after all.
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