Coral Gables

A rabbi, an imam and pastor will conduct Sunday service at Coral Gables church

Special to the Miami Herald

Rabbi Mark Kula and Imam Khalid Salahuddin are looking forward to attending church Sunday.

Yes, church.

The pair are two of several religious leaders who will take part in an interfaith service at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Coral Gables Congregational Church, across from the Biltmore Hotel, at 3010 De Soto Blvd.

The fourth annual service, organized by MCCJ, formerly known as the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews, is themed, “Pursuing Peace: A Common Path.”

“What we see, what we believe, affects the way we interact with people,” said Kula, of Bet Shira Congregation, a Conservative congregation in Pinecrest. “If I believe we are all children of God then, fundamentally, we have something in common that compels us to find peace between one another.”

Representatives from various faiths will take part in the free service, which will include an interfaith choir from several local congregations.

“We want folks to know they are welcome here,” said the Rev. Dr. Laurinda “Laurie” Hafner, senior pastor at the church. “I think it’s great to bring the kids, and expose them to different music and cultures.”

The service is the result of a partnership among the Archdiocese of Miami, Coalition of South Florida Muslim Communities, P.A.C.T (People Acting for Community Together), Faith in the City, the Rabbinical Association of Miami and South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice.

Although the MCCJ has been hosting interfaith dialogues for some 70 years, this particular event started as a way to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a prayer session. It has kept the tradition going by holding an interfaith service at various houses of worship across the county once a year.

“It’s extremely inspirational and uplifting,” said Roberta Shevin, the executive director of the MCCJ. “Come and spend an hour and you’ll be glad you did.”

If you go

When: 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables

For information: Call 305-755-6096 or visit