We were pleased to be able to present to everyone an invitation to a special Iftar Dinner presented by the Louisville Pakistani Community and Interfaith Paths to Peace which took place on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 7:30 PM at the Second Presbyterian Church located at 3701 Old Brownsboro Road, Louisville, KY.
The Iftar Dinner is a special Muslim celebration associated with the holiday of Ramadan, which runs for an entire month and takes place this year from Thursday, July 19, 2012, and ends in the evening of Saturday, August 18, 2012. The dinner is celebrated each evening during Ramadan, often as a community, to break the daily fasting observed each day.
One of our chaplains, Neal Myers from our Bluegrass facility attended and had a wonderful time. As he related to us:
Last night’s Iftar was so completely different from what I thought I am so glad I attended.
At our table there were 2 Baha’i folks from Louisville, trapped here during the Iranian revolution in 1979 and decided to make it their home – both are doctors, absolutely wonderful people. I was also there with a very elderly Catholic Nun who was living in an orphanage in France during the Nazi occupation and remembered Jews being herded into trucks in front of her.
I also spoke with a Muslim nurse from Canada here visiting her sister in her sister’s last days of cancer treatment as well as a Native American, who shared about difficult life on American Indian reservations.
The evening was a delight of food, friendships and new knowledge of the richness and diversity of the Muslim as well as the interfaith community here in Louisville. It was inspiring and filled me with great hope for our future.
The Louisville Pakistani community is a very active group in the community service arena here locally and more information about the good work that they do can be found both in a recent Courier Journal article as well as their own YouTube Video.
We are indeed honored to have participated in this wonderful event.