Each year, the Aldersgate community joins with Together We Build (TWB) an Interfaith Coalition of Christians, Jews, and Muslims in a unique project connected with Habitat for Humanity. The following article is a great profile on the initiative:
Together We Build, a partnership of Christians, Jews and Muslims wield hammers and break bread together on a Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County building project
Renton, WASH, September 20, 2013 — Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County is hosting the 12th Annual Together We Build (TWB) event September 19-21 and September 26-28, 2013 at their La Fortuna development in Renton. The event is held each year around the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, which were the initial motivation behind forming TWB.
TWB is an Interfaith Coalition of Christians, Jews, and Muslims seeking to find common ground and learn from one another as they work together to build houses for low-income families in King County. The volunteer-based coalition has led the annual event each year to show the world that together we can build a stronger community.
The La Fortuna site, close to Lindbergh High School in Renton, is one of Habitat SKC’s two multi-stage, new construction projects currently underway in King County. When the La Fortuna project is complete, there will be a total of 41 Habitat-built townhouses there. This is the second year that TWB has taken place at La Fortuna.
In addition to building together, the daily ritual of lunch is an important part of TWB. Teams of cooks from the faith communities gather to ensure meals suit each religion’s requirements. Lunchtime discussions range from religious discussions to chitchat about families and careers.
Over the last twelve years, TWB has contributed more than $500,000 to Habitat SKC’s affordable home building program in King County.
“Once again we are honored to be the host site for the Together We Build community project,” says Kirk Utzinger, Habitat for Humanity SKC’s CEO. “Together We Build and Habitat’s missions closely align. Habitat provides an opportunity for people to put their faith and love into action. We build affordable housing solutions for people in need, regardless of their religious affiliation. We’re grateful that TWB continues to practice this vision and continues to work with us year after year.”
Also an integral part of the annual TWB project is the Interfaith service. This year, it will be hosted at the IMAN Center located at 515 State Street in Kirkland on Saturday, September 28, 2013. It will include messages from Muslim, Christian and Jewish clergy and is open to members of all faiths. The service will take place from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
To learn more about Together We Build, visit www.togetherwebuild.org.