Brandon Showalte – May 17, 2017
A former Pentecostal Church in rural North Carolina was turned into an Islamic center on Saturday where an Episcopal priest and pastors from other denominations took part in a joint service to dedicate the facility.
The Raleigh News & Observer reported Friday that while the Islamic Center of Smithfield is not the first to exist in Johnston County, it’s currently the only one in the area after another mosque was closed. The new Islamic Center is now housed is what once was the Pentecostals of Smithfield church building.
On Saturday, local Christian leaders took part in a joint service at the new Islamic Center of Smithfield, which has a population of just over 10,000, where passages from the Bible and Quran were read.
Episcopal Priest Jim Melynk said he saw it as an “important statement that we take each other’s faith seriously,” citing the common origins and similarities the two faiths share.