Tenn. Church, Mosque Host Joint 9/11 Blood Drive

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A Christian church and an Islamic center are seeking to set an example of unity in one Tennessee community.

Last year, Heartsong United Methodist Church in Cordova, Tenn. allowed members of the Memphis Islamic Center to use its sanctuary for Ramadan prayers.

Now the two congregations are planning to host a joint blood drive in honor of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

"We all thought what a better witness could we do together than on a day-- the 10th anniversary of the day when so many lives were senselessly lost to an act of terror, several acts of terror-- that we come together," said Jathaniel Cavitt, director of Student Ministries at Heartsong.

Heartsong says they hope to make a statement: giving life by giving blood. 

"We really see this as a witness to our faith in Jesus; they see it as a witness to their faith, and we both see it as a witness to civility, sacrifice and the true American spirit," Heartsong Pastor Steve Stone said.

The blood drive is not the first time the church and mosque have worked together.

They perform joint community outreach once a month. They're even planning to build a community park that will be located on the property of both congregations.

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