Parishioners at Holy Spirit Anglican Church in Whonnock received a delegation from their next-door neighbour, the Jamia Riyadhul Jannah (Garden of Heaven Mosque), on Sunday, April 28. They came bearing flowers and a sympathy card to express sorrow over the bombings at Christian churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Sadly, this was returning a visit made by Holy Spirit representatives to JRJ at the time of the shootings at the mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand two months ago. The mosque opened in the fall of 2018 in a former United Church building. Since then, a close relationship of respect and cooperation has formed between the two worshipping communities.
The story caught the attention of Phil Melnychuk and the Maple Ridge News placed his article on the front page of their issue on May 3rd. Click here to read it.
Good neighbours indeed!