Hundreds of Fort Bend County residents representing a diverse circle of faith groups gathered to celebrate the third annual Fort Bend Interfaith Community Thanksgiving at St. Laurence Catholic Church Monday (Nov. 20).
Reverend William Starkweather, Pastor at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, delivered the Homily. “It seems to me that recently hope has been hard for a lot of folks to come by. It’s only been a couple months since Hurricane Harvey wrought devastation on our community, along with many others, There are folks among us tonight who are still doing repair work; real recovery will take much longer,” Starkweather said.
Murad Ajani, president of the Ismaili Council for the Southwestern United States, read “We Are One” By His Highness the Aga Khan.
“In an increasingly cosmopolitan world, it is essential that we live by a ‘cosmopolitan ethic,’ one that addresses the age-old need to balance the particular and the universal, to honor both human rights and social duties, to advance personal freedom and to accept human responsibility,” Desai read. “It is in that spirit that we can nurture bonds of confidence across different peoples and unique individuals, welcoming the growing diversity of our world, even in matters of faith, as a gift of the divine.”
Aga Khan is the current Imam of Nizari Ismailism, a denomination of Isma’ilism within Shia Islam.