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The religious freedom promised to every American attracts people from all walks of life to the United States, but for minority religious groups in Springfield it’s still a struggle to gain understanding. KSMU’s Chasity Mayes tells us how faith based organizations are banning together to give everyone in the Ozarks the freedom they deserve.
It was just this year that Springfield’s Islamic Center found itself estimating the cost of removing offensive graffiti from its exterior walls. In response to the vandalism, the Council of Churches of the Ozarks, in partnership with the Springfield Interfaith Alliance, is hosting an interfaith gathering to celebrate religious freedom and tolerance.
The event will provide an opportunity to learn about new faiths, traditions, and the people in our community who embrace them. Snacks will be provided and guests are encouraged to bring food dishes to share at the gathering that may represent their faiths. People of all faiths are welcome to attend.
The event will be held February 19th at three pm at the Council of Churches headquarters—that’s on the corner of Glenstone Avenue and Chestnut Expressway. It is free and open to the public.
For KSMU News, I’m Chasity Mayes.