“Talking Through Walls: How the Struggle to Build a Mosque United A Community” to be Shown at Wayne County Public Library, Nov. 3

As part of their ongoing series of discussions, Waynepeace will be screening the documentary “Talking Through Walls: How the Struggle to Build a Mosque United A Community” on Tuesday, November 3, at 6 PM, at the Wayne County Public Library on Main Street in Honesdale.

The documentary, produced by the Unity Productions Foundation, follows events in Voorhees, New Jersey, beginning in late 2001 when local resident Zia Rahman attempted to purchase a vacant building and renovate it to create a mosque.  With the attacks of 9/11 still a recent memory, resistance in the community was high.  The resulting controversy led another resident, Liz Volpe, to create a “Coalition for a Multi-faith Democracy” that included members off several different religious groups, including Quakers, Unitarians, Catholics, Jews, and Protestants.  Through a process of ongoing and patient dialogue, the Voorhees community overcame its fears, and the mosque was approved and built.  “Talking through Walls” tells a story of old faiths, the creation of new friendships, and how democracy still works even when put to the test in challenging times.

The one-hour screening will be followed by discussion.  Refreshments will be served.

Note: Use of Wayne County Public Library facilities by Waynepeace does not imply an endorsement of Waynepeace positions by WCPL.