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Church of Christ to have evening of storytelling, entertainment

HOLIDAY — A night of sacred storytelling, an experiment in interfaith cooperation, religious education and entertainment is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 15 at Holiday United Church of Christ, 4826 Bartelt Road in Holiday.

"This will be better than going to the movies," said the Rev. Drew Willard, pastor of the church.

Emily Harris, a Jewish artist and storyteller, Mamdouh Elsayed, a practicing Muslim, and Willard, along with musician Tiffany Leigh, are all on the evening's program.

"This storytelling program presents a challenge for people of faith who are Jewish, Christian and Muslim to consider how they would recognize the advent of their Messiah, Christ and Mahdi — even to see their faith's hope at work in another's faith tradition," said Willard.

Harris, 58, will share the miracle of liberation in the story of the Passover, what she says is one of the most important festivals in Jewish tradition.

"I will share how my father conducted the most wonderful, magical Passover," she said. "He made it fun."

She will talk about the foods, the tradition and how the children are part of the Seder.

"There was always a table full of family," she said.

Elsayed, 37, who came to the United States in 1996 from Egypt, will talk about the Prophet Mohammed's final address to the people.

"He said I left you with two things, the Koran, the revelation to the people, and my way of life," said Elsayed, who says he gives sermons at the mosque in Dunedin and works full time for an auto insurance company.

Willard, 53, says he will give the Easter story with emphasis on the Biblical account of Jesus sitting down with his disciples on the Mount of Olives and talking about what was in store for them.

He will also talk about the Last Supper of the Christ and how it was a celebration of the Passover.

"I will also talk about the Resurrection found in Luke 24," he said. "It is the gospel all in one chapter."

Leigh will provide musical interludes between the storytellers.

She will play two different flutes and a guitar.

Admission is free, however donations will be accepted. The church telephone number is (727) 937-1520.

Church of Christ to have evening of storytelling, entertainment 03/07/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:31am]

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