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Blessed Ramadan

Together the New York State Council of Churches and the Capital Area Council of Churches represent Christian communities across New York state, we cordially invite you to extend a blessing to our Muslim neighbors through the Blessed Ramadan Project. The Project offers a visible way for Christians to make it clear that Jesus’ name should never be used to justify hateful rhetoric against Muslims which is sadly all too prevalent in our communities and colors the national discourse.

The idea is to post "Blessed Ramadan" yard signs on church grounds and neighborhoods across the state to convey kindness and hospitality to our fellow Muslim citizens. We want to say boldly that hate towards Muslims is not who we are as New Yorkers. At our best, we are a welcoming, caring, respectful community. The signs are also intended to promote conversation and learning.

The project launches on the first day of Ramadan which is June 5 and goes for one month to July 6. Ramadan is a time when Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset.  The annual observance is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and is performed to learn compassion, self-restraint, and generosity.

Please contact NYSCOC Executive Director, Peter Cook at 508-380-8289 or Pcook@nyscoc.org or CACC Executive Director, Deb Riitano at 518-505-7498 or Driitano6@gmail.com with any questions or if you need assistance.

Lawn Signs can be purchased for $10 each. Click here to purchase Blessed Ramadan signs

 Pick up signs in person at the Capital Area of Council of Churches offices at First Lutheran Church at 646 State Street in Albany. Call ahead to 518-505-7498 (mobile) or 518-462-5450 (office) to let us know when you are coming. Signs may also be picked up at the New York State Council of Churches office at Pine Grove United Methodist Church, 1580 Central Ave. Colonie. Please call to make arrangements - 518-436-9319.

Peter Cook will bring a limited quantity of signs for the assembly meetings for the Methodists in Syracuse (June 2 to 4) Lutherans in Rochester (June 5 to 7) and United Church of Christ in Rochester (June 10 to 12). If you are attending those meetings you can get them there. He will take orders for larger quantities at the meetings.

Download the graphic file and send it to a local printer near you. You can also print off a document, laminate it, and place in your window or on a door for all to see.

You may also choose to have up to 5 signs shipped per box for an additional $10 shipping fee.

Links to further information available here -
The Religion of Islam
Read the text of the Albany Times Union newspaper article below.

Peter Cook,
Jun 1, 2016, 11:16 AM
Peter Cook,
Jun 1, 2016, 1:52 PM
Peter Cook,
Jun 10, 2016, 12:43 PM