The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Building together in unity

Building Habitat for Humanity homes is something many congregations do to help their communities. Since last September, Our Risen Lord Lutheran Church, Burton, Mich., has worked on a unique home to build community: The House of Abraham in Flint, Mich. Like all Habitat projects, the Abraham house is built for and in partnership with a local family. But this home is a collaborative project among Christians, Jews and Muslims.

"Not only have we had the joy of making a real difference in the lives of a family whom we have come to know, we have also had the joy of discovering new neighbors across lines of faith and culture," says Susan Lidums, pastor of Our Risen Lord. The project involved the congregation's social ministry committee, youth, construction volunteers and those who prayed for the project.

Lidums says she found the prayer (based on Psalm 133) shared by the Jewish community at the groundbreaking appropriate: "How good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters build together in unity."


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