CRYSTAL LAKE – People of all faiths have the opportunity to come together Monday morning and reflect on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
FaithBridge, a group of various congregations in McHenry County that promotes mutual understanding between religious communities, will host its fifth annual MLK Prayer Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. inside D’Andrea Banquets, 4419 Route 14, Crystal Lake.
The event is intended to bring people of different faiths together, much like the work of Martin Luther King Jr., said Rev. Anne S. Muelleman, who helped organize the event.
“FaithBridge believes in fostering cooperation between organizations and people,” Muelleman said. “Martin Luther King certainly was an example of that.”
Plemon T. El-Amin, the Imam Emeritus of the Masjid of Al-Islam mosque in Atlanta, will keynote this year’s prayer breakfast. El-Amin has traveled to places like Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Syria, Turkey, England and South Africa to represent interfaith followers and Muslim Americans’ interests.
The Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam is one of the largest and most progressive mosques in the United States, Muelleman said.
The prayer breakfast also will feature prayers and music from various faiths. This year’s theme for the event is called “My Dreams for the World,” and attendees are encouraged to share their dreams during the event, Muelleman said.
FaithBridge also conducted an essay contest for the first time. Nearly 100 area middle schoolers submitted papers that addressed the event’s theme. The winner will read their essay near the start of the prayer breakfast.
Tickets still are available for the event and cost $20 for adults and $15 for students. People interested in attending should contact Muelleman at firstname.lastname@example.org.